16 Pages Posted: 22 May 2017
The idea that humans – especially females – are prone to some form of 'midlife crisis' has typically been viewed with extreme skepticism by social scientists. We point out the potential equivalence between an age U-shape in a new well-being literature and a matching hill-shape in especially female suicide risk (evident in 28 countries and visible in the United States even 30 years ago). This concordance between two currently separate kinds of evidence, including a result on non-human primates, is apparently not known to many researchers or public commentators. It may be necessary to reconsider traditional thinking on the midlife crisis.
Keywords: happiness, aging, suicide, well-being, GHQ, mental-health, depression, life-course
JEL Classification: I12, I31
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Oswald, Andrew J. and Tohamy, Ahmed, Female Suicide and the Concept of the Midlife Crisis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10759. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2971355