Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 551–570 | Cite as

Visitor suicide risk in casino resort areas

  • Kenneth S. Y. Chew
  • Richard Mc Cleary
  • Vincent Merrill
  • Carol Napolitano

Abstract

In a well-publicized analysis of visitor suicides in three casinoareas (Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Reno), elevated suicide risk among interstate visitors was attributed to the presence of legalized gambling. A fundamental limitation of the analysis, however, was the absence of estimatesfor at-risk populations. In the present paper, an analysis of 1995 visitor-suicide rates (incorporating estimates for at-risk population) for 310 large UScounties, including places both with and without gambling casinos, yields no evidence to support a gambling-suicide relationship.

Suicide Casino area Gambling 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth S. Y. Chew
    • 1
  • Richard Mc Cleary
    • 1
  • Vincent Merrill
    • 1
  • Carol Napolitano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Analysis & Design, School of Social EcologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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