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Back to school blues: Seasonality of youth suicide and the academic calendar

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  • Hansen, Benjamin
  • Lang, Matthew

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Previous research has found evidence of academic benefits to longer school years. This paper investigates one of the many potential costs of increased school year length, documenting a dramatic decrease in youth suicide in months when school is not in session. A detailed analysis does not find that other potential explanations such as economic conditions, weather or seasonal affective disorder patterns can explain the decrease. This evidence suggests that youth may face increased stress and decreased mental health when school is in session.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 30 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 850-861

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:30:y:2011:i:5:p:850-861

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Keywords: Suicide Youth suicide Mental health School calendar School year length;

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  1. Harold E. Cuffe & William T. Harbaugh & Jason M. Lindo & Giancarlo Musto & Glen R. Waddell, 2011. "Evidence on the Efficacy of School-Based Incentives for Healthy Living," Working Papers 1137, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.

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