Year: 1980 Source: International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v.11, no.4, (1980), p.297-305 SIEC No: 19820537

The author tries to determine whether social behavior can be explained by a cohort effect or a generational maturation effect by examining suicidal behavior from a subjective perspective. The mean suicide potential scores of various age groups in a sample population from Flint, Michigan are examined & it can be seen that the data lend support to the cohort model, with the exception of individuals 75 and older, where it appears that maturation factors play an important role.