Class Year

2019

Date

4-15-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Benjamin Goluboff

Second Advisor

Jeffrey O. Sundberg

Third Advisor

Robert J. Lemke

Abstract

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.

Language

English


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