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Suicide risk rises as grades sink: study

Suicide risk rises as grades sink: study

Published: 17 Jul 2009 08:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jul 2009 08:18 GMT+02:00

The results come from a study encompassing nearly 450,000 men and women born in Sweden between 1973 and 1977.

The study was carried out by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and Uppsala University hospital, the Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper reports.

“Our results show that life at school provides an important basis for psychic health later in life,” said Anders Hjern, a professor of pediatric epidemiology at Uppsala University hospital and the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), to UNT.

The results of the study are published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology medical journal.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

09:02 July 17, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
I'm afraid to think what this is going to lead to.
17:39 July 17, 2009 by henock
Well all I want to say is that this requires further research. For example I came from Africa and here I am a student. For students of the third world their future depends mainly on their performance at school. But I do not think this works in Sweden too. If the research clearly indicates that the two factors are highly correlated then it is wise to know why it is so.
13:26 July 19, 2009 by RoyceD
Well sure there is going to be a correlation to poor performance in the class room and antisocial behavior/self harm. That is not that ground breaking on the surface of things. However if the study can be used to identify what exactly it is about the correlation that sends our kids down that path of hopelessness then hopefully our society can slowly be saved.

What I am personally interested in is whether or not studies like these will help the world realize that while our education systems are trying to do what they should do, educate anyone who wants to be educated, there are serious flaws in the systems right now. And one of those flaws could be that how we actually test/rank/put value upon our children could be causing them to take their own lives.
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