Social integration and suicide: a test of durkheim's theory

Behavior Science Research Vol/Iss. 12 Published In Pages: 251-269
By Masumura, Wilfred T.


Rates of suicide will be negatively associated with elaboration of ceremony and ritual (253, 261).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
tau-bNot Supportedp<.03.26UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Ceremony And RitualIndependentRitual

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