Year: 1981 Source: American Sociological Review, v.46, (October 1981), p.616-618 SIEC No: 19820777

The proportion of suicides & deaths by other causes that occurred during Sept & Oct of Presidential election years were found to be significantly less than the proportions of Sept-Oct deaths in adjacent nonelection years. These results suggest that increased societal integration fostered by impending Presidential elections decreased mortality during the 2 months before the elections. The collective effects on mortality of Presidential elections may be substantial.