Social contexts of suicide

Journal of Abnormal Psychology Vol/Iss. 78 Published In Pages: 222-228
By Krauss, Herbert H., Tesser, Abraham


Men's divorce freedom and defiant homicide predicted suicides attributable to interpersonal frustration while only men's divorce freedom predicted suicides with apparent extrapersonal precipitants (227-228, 222).


Other variables (listed below) were tested but were not significant predictors.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
multiple regressionSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Krauss, Herbert H."The number of suicide cases reported to be caused by extrapersonal frustration [EF] should be related to the number of TD [thwarting disorientation] situations in a cultunit, but this relationship should be weaker than the relationship between number of suicides . . . scored IF [interpersonal frustration] and number of TD [thwarting disorientation] situations scored present" (45)
Levinson, DavidHigh population density will be positively associated with pathological behavior in humans (i.e. homicide, suicide, drunken brawling, male insobriety, witchcraft attribution, and divorce) (743).
Krauss, Herbert H."Whether a suicide case was considered IF [interpersonal frustration] of EF [extrapersonal frustration] was . . . independent of case length" (80)
Krauss, Herbert H."Interpersonal frustration [IF] was posited to be associated with suicide and TD [thwarting disorientation] situations were conceived of as potentially leading to IF [interpersonal frustration]" (45)
Lester, David"The aggressive behaviors of nonliterate societies, as manifested in their suicide and homicide rates… will be inversely associated with love-oriented techniques of discipline" (466).