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Editor's Choice: Econmic shocks, resilience, and male suicides in the Great Recession: cross national analysis of 20 EU countries

The economic crisis offers – sadly – a type of ”natural experiment”, where health outcomes can be studied in relation to how the crisis have affected different countries, and to what type of measures countries have taken to mitigate the effect of the crisis. In this issue, Reeves and collaborators have analysed male suicide rates in 20 European countries during 2007-2011, in order to try to explain substantial differences across countries and over time. The main finding, that male unemployment rate had the strongest association with suicide rate, may not be surprising, but the finding that spending on active labour market programs and high levels of social capital mediated the association has important policy implications.

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Trends in young people's health and social determinants

View the latest European Journal of Public Health supplement on 'Trends in young people's health and social determinants', guest edited by Emmanuel Kuntsche, Bjørn E. Holstein and Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer.

This supplement aims to provide evidence on various aspects of young people's health, wellbeing and related factors, allowing the reader to get an overview of prevalence changes across countries for selected outcomes, e.g. fruit and vegetable consumption, overweight, injury-related mortality and morbidity, physical activity, parental communication, bullying, early sexual intercourse and condom use, weekly alcohol consumption and the co-occurrence of tobacco and cannabis use, and life satisfaction, just to name a few of the outcomes included. The supplement also offers examples of how time trends can be interpreted and explained when dealing with perceived school pressure and health complaints.


Guest Editors: Salvador Peiró and Alan Maynard
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