Some social and psychological factors related to suicide in primitive societies: a cross-cultural comparative study

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior Vol/Iss. 12 Published In Pages: 195-211
By Smith, David Horton, Hackathorn, Linda


This article investigates variables related to suicide in preindustrial societies. Bivariate analyses indicate associations between rates of suicide and religion, kinship, political and economic integration, expression of emotions, and importance of pride. Multiple regression identifies three key predictors of suicide: the major economic activity, rules concerning the expression of emotions, and the importance of pride and shame.

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