New York Times-Middle Aged Suicides and Poverty

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This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, America and the rest of the world. I will show how it has been studied by the U.S. Census Bureau and make references to various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agencies’ information on the subject.

On February 19, 2009 The New York Times Published an article by Patricia Cohen entitled “Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers.” Cohen quotes from “a new five-year analysis of the nation’s death rates recently published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The study shows that the suicide rate among 45-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied. For women in this age bracket the rate rose 31 percent and for men the rate was 15.6 percent.

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This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas,American and the rest of the world. I will show how it has been studied by the U.S. Census Bureau and make references to various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agencies’ information on the subject.

I began seeking articles about poverty spells, particularly the first spell.  I expected to find a wealth of information, but instead found precious little on the first poverty spell.

While very out of date one of the first articles on poverty spells was an NBER Working Paper Series;  “Slipping into and Out of Poverty: The Dynamics of Spells”; by Mary Jo Bane and David T. Ellwood; Working Paper #1199; National Bureau of Economic Research ; 1050 Massachusetts Avenue; Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; September, 1983; hereafter referred to as Bane and Ellwood.

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Poverty, Age and Suicide

bag ladyLooking at people dealing with their first cycle in poverty and we see  interesting corrolations between poverty, suicide and age.

Suicide

On February 19, 2009 The New York Times published an article by Patricia Cohen entitled “Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers.”  Cohen quotes from “a new five-year analysis of the nation’s death rates recently published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”  The study shows that the suicide rate among 45-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied.  For women in this age bracket the rate rose 31 percent and for men the rate was 15.6 percent.

This is a great increase when compared to the less than 2 percent suicide rate for 15-to-19-year-olds, who have been the intense scrutiny of news attention and prevention resources.

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The first poverty spell

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This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class. This is a relatively new problem that is a result of the Great Recession. I will show how it has been studied in various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agency information on the subject. Bear with me. This is a long blog.

I began seeking articles about poverty spells, particularly the first spell.  I expected to find a wealth of information, but instead found precious little on the first poverty spell.  While very out of date one of the first articles on poverty spells was an NBER Working Paper Series;  “Slipping into and Out of Poverty: The Dynamics of Spells”; by Mary Jo Bane and David T. Ellwood; Working Paper #1199; National Bureau of Economic Research ; 1050 Massachusetts Avenue; Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; September, 1983; hereafter referred to as Bane and Ellwood.

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The loss of the American Dream

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The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on February 13, 2008 was about a middle class family supposedly living the American Dream—five- bedroom house, latest clothes, fabulous vacations.  Suddenly the wife Sylvia comes home after a weekend away with her children to find her husband has committed suicide in the garage and she is left with only $72 in her checking account and over half a million dollars in debt (Oprah.com from the show: Suicide, Lies, Debt: A Suburban Nightmare).

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