(CBS DC) — Over the last few years, suicide rates have increased among middle-aged adults, and new research finds that those suicides may be linked to the recession that occurred in 2007, Live Science reports.
Using data between 2005 and 2010, researchers looked at circumstances involved with suicides.
Job and financial problems were of main focus.
The study found that the rate of suicide among adults ages 40-64 increased from 15.5 percent per 100,000 people to 18.2 percent per 100,000 people.
Even more, the study also found that the proportion of suicides related to employment, financial and/or economic problems increased from about 33 percent in 2005 to 37.5 percent in 2010 for this age bracket.
“Relative to other age groups, a larger and increasing proportion of middle-aged suicides have circumstances associated with job, financial, or legal distress,” the researchers wrote in the published article.
The data in the study showed that the sharpest increase in suicides that were related to employment, financial or legal problems was seen between 2007 and 2008; at the height of the economic recession.
“Increased awareness is needed that job loss, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and other financial setbacks can be risk factors for suicide,” the study concludes.
The study was published Feb. 27 in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.