# Culture and National well-being: should societies emphasize freedom or constraint? ^{}

*PLoS ONE •* Vol/Iss. 10(6) • *Public Library of Science* • • Published In • Pages: 1-14 •

##### By Harrington, Jesse R., Boski, Pawel, Gelfand, Michele K.

#### Hypothesis

The relationship between tightness/looseness and suicide rate will exhibit a curvilinear relationship, such that very tight and very loose nations have worse outcomes relative to nations intermediate on tightness-looseness

#### Note

Suicide rate was found to be higher in both very tight and very loose nations. Additionally, compared to the linear model (F=2.76, p=.11, R-Squared=.06), the quadratic model was a significant improvement (F-change=4.81, p=.04, R-Squared change=.15).

Test Name | Support | Significance | Coefficient | Tail |
---|---|---|---|---|

Stepwise multiple regression | Supported | p=.03 | R-Squared=.25 | UNKNOWN |

Variable Name | Variable Type | OCM Term(s) |
---|---|---|

Tightness/looseness | Independent | Government Regulation, Legal Norms, Norms, Social Control |

Suicide Rate | Dependent | Mortality, Suicide |