Title

Suicide and rurality in Alabama communities

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Social Indicators Research

Publication Date

1995

Date Added

2022-06-03

Abstract

Empirical research findings suggest that suicide increases with rurality, but research on rural suicide leaves many questions unanswered. This study specifies problems of community organization as a reason for expecting a positive effect of rurality on the suicide rate. A multiple regression analysis of county data shows that rurality has a substantial positive effect and is, in fact, the best predictor of the suicide rate among several variables selected from the previous literature. Additional research is needed to test the interpretation that rurality contributes to an incomplete, fragmented form of community organization which influences the suicide rate by disrupting primary relationships.

Disciplines

Public Health

Publisher

Springer

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