Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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Jeffrey O. Sundberg
Robert J. Lemke
This project seeks to explain suicide rates in the United States at the county level using demographic, economic, and environmental factors. The study explores whether the quality of the natural environment of a county has a statistically significant impact when predicting suicide rates. The findings are consistent with previous research in terms of demographic, economic, and gun law variables. Statistical analysis reveals that the natural environment is a statistically significant predictor of county-wide suicide rates, however further inferences from the model are inconclusive. That is, no inference can be made on whether the quality of the natural environment is enough to dissuade an individual from committing suicide. More sensitive metrics are needed to assess the levels of the quality of the natural environment and reach reliable conclusions.
Guțan, Olga, "A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Natural Environment and Suicide" (2019). Senior Theses.