Dissolved Lithium Concentrations, Gender, Race, and the Geography of Texas Suicide Mortality Rates 1980-1998: A Correlation Study

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This presentation discusses dissolved lithium concentrations and the spatial distribution of suicide mortality rates.

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Creation Date: March 30, 2006
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UNT Honors College
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UNT Scholarly Works
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Flanagan, William M.

University of North Texas

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Oppong, Joseph R.

University of North Texas; Faculty Mentor

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  • Creation: March 30, 2006
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This presentation discusses dissolved lithium concentrations and the spatial distribution of suicide mortality rates.

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Department: Geography
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Abstract: This study examines the spatial distribution of suicide mortality rates in Texas counties, from 1980 to 1998. Using the conceptual framework of disease ecology, this study provides insight into selected risk factors associated with suicide mortality. In particular, the factor of dissolved lithium concentrations in the groundwater and the correlation to suicide mortality rates are tested. Spearman's rank correlations and the Wilcoxon test are used to examine race, gender, and dissolved lithium concentrations as risk predictors of suicide mortality. The results suggest that counties with lower dissolved lithium concentrations in their groundwater had significantly higher suicide rates mortality rates. Counties with higher populations of Whites had significantly higher suicide mortality rates, but counties with higher populations of Hispanics had significantly lower suicide mortality rates. Males had higher suicide mortality rates than females. Further research into the relationship between lithium concentrations and suicide is warranted.

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20 p.

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Keyword(s): lithium | demographics | mortality rates | suicides
Source: Third Annual University Scholars Day, 2006, Denton, Texas, United States
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Series Title: University Scholars Day
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UNT Honors College
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UNT Scholarly Works
Relation (Is Version Of): Dissolved Lithium Concentrations and Texas Suicide Mortality Rates 1980-1998, ark:/67531/metadc86930
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