Economic impact and suicide proneness in communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

by Williams, Mark Z., M.S., UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA, 2012, 46 pages; 1519850


Almost two years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the mental health implications associated with this disaster are not fully known. Though prior research has shown that both natural and human caused disasters can impact resident's mental health, including increasing the likelihood of experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, little empirical evidence has shown which factors that stem from a large-scale oil spill are related to this particular outcome. The purpose of the study is to identify whether economic impacts from an oil spill are associated with elevations in potentially suicidal behaviors. Specifically, this study assessed whether high levels of detrimental economic impact were associated with elevated levels of suicide proneness. Findings for this study showed a significant negative association between both measures of economic impact and suicide proneness. No significant effect of gender was identified.

AdviserJennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
Source TypeThesis
SubjectsEconomics; Clinical psychology
Publication Number1519850

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