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Cannabis use and suicidal ideation

  • Jan C.van Ours, Jenny Williams, David Fergusson, L. John Horwood

Globally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24 years old. In order to better understand the causes of this phenomenon, we investigate the relationship between suicidal ideation and cannabis use. Our empirical analysis is based on a 30 year longitudinal study of a birth cohort. We and that intensive cannabis use { at least several times per week leads to a higher transition rate into suicidal ideation for males. We and no evidence that suicidal ideation leads to cannabis use for either males or females.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 1155.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:1155
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