Year: 1979 Source: Journal of Social Psychology, v.107, (1979), p.161-168 SIEC No: 19820862

A neglected area of Durkheim’s theory of suicide is the part where he deals with the opposite of egoistic suicide-suicide resulting from overregulation. The present paper operationalized overregulation in political terms. A regression analysis using U.N. data on 45 nations found that indicators of totalitarianism were significantly related to the rate of suicide independent of the control variables. A 1% increase in government sanctions was associated with a .13% increase in suicide.