Year: 1978 Source: Social Forces, v.57, no.2, (1978), p.644-653 SIEC No: 19820863

This paper reports tests of three related theories of suicide (status integration, anomie, and industrialization theories) with data from 45 nations. A multiple regression analysis determined that the degree of female labor force participation, a variable in the status integration theory, was the most important correlate of suicide rates. Analysis of sex-specific suicide rates demonstrates that married males may experience more role conflict from their wives working than the wives themselves.