of psychiatrists who provided psychotherapy to all of their patients
declined from 19.1% in 1996-1997 to 10.8% in 2004-2005. From 1996
through 2005 psychotherapy was provided in 5597 of 14,108 office visits
to psychiatrists lasting longer than 30 minutes, but the percentage of
visits involving psychotherapy declined from 44.4% in 1996-1997 to
28.9% in 2005-2006.
The whites in the heartland of today's Republican Party just do not vote--and do not think--like the rest of us do. Richard Nixon wanted the Republican Party to lock up the South. Now it looks as though the South has locked up the Republican Party. -- Brad DeLong
I'd never looked into it before. I was prompted to check by a commenter who was annoyed by my posts on the Obama birth certificate nonsense. He claimed that psychologists have the highest suicide rate of any profession. It was part of an incoherent ad hominem argument, so it isn't worth trying to explain the alleged link between psychologist suicides and the inauthenticity of Obama's birth certificate.
But I'd never heard that claim about the suicide rate of psychologists. Although I was skeptical, I didn't think it beyond the realm of possibility that the suicide rate could, indeed, be higher than average among psychologists.
Just checking online, I found an abstract for a study that looked at gender, professions and suicide rates. Nothing in the findings remotely indicated that psychologists have the highest occupational rate of suicide. Moreover, the reported rate for male psychologists was lower than the rate for men in the general population. But, I'm a bit skeptical about the APA data used in the study, because I don't know that the APA is always provided with accurate information when members die.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, proportionately more professional women committed suicide than did women in the general population, while professional men committed suicide at rates similar to men in the general population. To provide more recent information, this study explored suicide rates among U.S.-resident American Psychological Association members during the years 1981 to 1990. The suicide rate for women in the Association was found to be 7.6 per 100,000 population per year, a rate that is lower than in the 1960s and similar to women in the general population. The rate for men was found to be 7.8 per 100,000 population per year, a rate that is lower than in the 1960s and lower than among men in the general population. Effects of increasing numbers of women in the professions in general, or in psychology in particular, may explain the decline in suicide rates.
While there is a great deal of folk knowledge about occupational rates of suicide floating around (I'd always heard about dentists and cops), I imagine that it would be difficult to collect good data. The authors of an article that appeared in The Monitor report that a large-scale study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety found a higher suicide rate among persons in the medical field, but nothing conclusive beyond that:
One of the largest studies in the area was conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 1995, which concluded that there is a higher suicide rate in the medical field. But beyond that, NIOSH researchers said, the picture is equivocal: Often the studies are only of one geographic area, sometimes they have methodological problems, and sometimes they contradict each other.
Surely some of my readers must know more about this subject than I do, so feel free to share what you've got. I'm interested in research findings rather than fantasy, so if you base your assertions about suicide rates on nothing more than your self-proclaimed"redneck perspective," you will be deleted promptly...again.
I did a little shopping at Target today and was surprised that the credit/debit card reader automatically offered the option of breaking up a charge between more than one card. Maybe this has been around for a while, but it was the first time I encountered it.