the Turin longitudinal study
G. COSTA, P. CREPET and F. FLORENZANO
Various researchers have examined the links between unemployment and suicide, and the subject has received particular attention as a result of a labour market crisis which has made jobs increasingly difficult to find in all industrialised countries ( Barra clough et al. 1974; Platt, 1984; Pritchard, 1988). However, few studies have been able to examine the unemployment-suicide link at the individual level ( Humphrey, 1977; Shepherd and Barra clough , 1980; Hagnell and Rorsman, 1980).
Unemployment levels in Italy show no signs of abating (the official figure rose to 13 per cent of the total population in 1987) and are now among the highest in Europe. As Table 1 shows,