Job Performance: a Possible Safety Valve in Suicide

This presentation examined suicide among industrial workers & investigated some common factors that might be helpful in identifying potential suicide victims through job performance. The relevant literature was reviewed, talks were held with employee counsellors & industrial physicians, & the feasibility of using existing occupational programs to help identify & prevent suicide among industrial workers […]

Suicide During Productive Years: an Industrial Problem


Gender and Suicide Among Laborers

A hypothesis that statistically infrequent role sets foster relatively high suicide rates is tested. An analysis of gender differences among American labourers confirms this perspective for females who had a suicide rate of 38.6/100,000 or 7.6 times that of females in general. Overrepresentation of males in this occupation did not decrease their suicide risk. An […]

Comparison of Suicide Rates Among Industrial Groups

Suicide rates among industrial groups were examined systematically using death certificate data from 1984 through 1989 in Alabama. People employed in public administration had the lowest rate, in comparison to the construction industry which had the highest rate. Employees in the mining industry experienced a similarly high rate. The differences of suicide rates may be […]

Suicide During Productive Years: an Industrial Problem

Occupational Status and Suicide: A Relationship Reexamined (Research Note)

Analyzed data on the suicides committed in Detroit from 1970 to 1975 with respect to the U.S. Bureau of the Census occupational classification system. Despite some departures, results strongly support the economic theory of suicide, which (contrary to E. Durkheim’s popular theory) predicts an inverse relationship between occupational status and suicide. The poor’s high suicide […]

Violent Death and Unemployment in Two Trade Unions in Denmark

The association between unemployment and cause of death (‘natural’ or violent’) was investigated in a retrospective study of members of the bricklayers’ and carpenters/cabinet-makers’ trade unions in Denmark from 1971-1975. The bricklayers suffered more unemployment than the carpenters/cabinet-makers but for both unions as a whole it was found that there were significantly more unemployment periods […]

On Status Intergration and Suicide Rates in Tulsa

Authors express doubt as to the applicability of the theory of status integration to the Tulsa data published by E. Powell (American Sociological Review, v.23, 1958, p.131-139), particularly as to how the original occupations have been classified, the “rho” association between the categories & “how in what way the original authors’ observations constitute an explanation […]