Exploring the Relationship between Firearm Suicides, Gender, and Occupation in Riverside County, California
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 47,173 individuals in 2017. Research has shown gender has influenced the method of suicide used by decedents. The purpose of this study is to identify if gender, income, or occupation are predictors of suicide. Additionally, this research will explore the potential influence of occupational firearm access in firearm-related suicide mortality and access to lethal means. Research on firearm and suicide mortality will allow for a better understanding of the epidemiological profile of firearm-related deaths and injury. Such research can inform discussions regarding the potential occupational exposure risks as well as identify policy implications.
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Public Health