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schools and suicide

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I just came across an article about the incredibly high suicide rate in China.  It made me think of suicide among teens in America.  What do you think is the rate of suicide among homeschooled teens vs school-schooled teens?  I bet there is a large difference. 

 

This is the article: http://www.wombecology.com/?pg=suicide

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You know, I'm not sure the difference would be terribly stark. And I think it would be very difficult to draw any conclusions. There's probably a self-selection bias in the homeschooling population. Suicide is a relatively uncommon event, so even a small bias might get in the way of identifying any contributing factors. To explain: one of the brand-new homeschoolers that I know is a girl with severe anxiety and depression who was no longer able to function at school due to her anxiety. I'd venture to guess that her risk of suicide is much higher than the average population, and if that came to pass she'd be counted as a homeschooling suicide in any study that was done. I'm pretty sure that kids with profound mental health issues are over-represented in the homeschooling community, for good reason. But that would confound any statistics you tried to generate from a survey of suicides.

 

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