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Julie Phillips, Rutgers University

Generations of Suicide: Understanding Cohort Differences in Suicide Risk
When Mar 05, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Dr. Phillips will present some of her recent work funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that examines the sharp increase in U.S. suicide rates since 2000, especially among middle-aged white Americans.   Between 2000 and 2014, suicide rates for men aged 45 to 64 rose by 43%, and by 63% for women in the same age group. Her talk will consider age and cohort patterns in suicide risk and explore possible explanations for the increases, including Durkheimian factors such as deteriorating economic conditions producing anomie, changing cultural attitudes towards suicide, and the increased use of opioids, which presents new access to lethal means.

About the Speaker

Julie Phillips

Julie Phillips is a social demographer and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on how structural and cultural features of society influence behavior, particularly forms of lethal violence.  Her current work attempts to gain a comprehensive understanding of factors that generate variation in suicide rates over the life course and time period, with a particular focus on understanding the role of social generations, or birth cohorts, in producing those differences.  Academic and prevention work on suicide are heavily influenced by the fields of psychiatry and psychology, emphasizing individual risk factors rooted in biology; Julie’s research brings to the fore the social elements of suicide.  She has worked as a faculty liaison with Rutgers University and the state of New Jersey to identify community approaches to suicide prevention among youth.  

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