suicide research

Scientists Claim IQ Link

A study involving over a million Swedish men claims to show a link between low IQ scores at the age of 18, and the risk of suicide attempts later in life.

Scientists in Sweden, Britain and Australia publish their research on Friday. Finn Rasmussen, professor in Social Medicine at the Karolinska Institute says that 'it seems as though those that have less intellectual aptitude have a lower ability to deal with difficult life events.'

This is the biggest study of its kind so far. The raw material was provided from tests on young Swedish men beginning their national service.

But speaking to news service TT Sven Bremberg, an expert at the Swedish National Institute of Public Health says that the rise in suicides in Sweden is not due to any low mental capacity, but rather because more and more Swedish youths continue in education, due to the difficulty of finding work.