Project 005

Project Title:

A study of the socio-demographic and area correlates of suicides in NI


 Dr Dermot O'Reilly, Dr Michael Rosato and Dr Sheelah Connelly


Queen’s University, Belfast



Project Summary:

Suicide rates vary markedly between geographic areas but it is unclear whether or not this is due to differences in the populations of the areas (composition effects) or to factors which operate at an area level (contextual effects). This study uses to NI-LS to examine a number of area level characteristics to determine if they are independently related to suicide risk after adjustment for individual and family characteristics.

Publications to date:

NILS Research Brief 2 February 2011: Area factors and suicide in Northern Ireland 

O 'Reilly, D., Rosato, M., Connolly, S., and Cardwell, C. (2008) Area factors and suicide: 5-year follow-up of the Northern Ireland population. Br J Psychiatry192(2):106-11.



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