Year: 1971 Source: Issues in Criminology, v.6, no.2, (1971), p.85-93 SIEC No: 19830143

Gibbs & Martin’s theorem, designed to operationalize Durkheim’s theory of social integration, states the higher the suicide rate, the lower the status integration. It is shown that their measurements are not statistically meaningful. Age distribution is deemed an uncontrolled intervening variable because evidence does not substantiate low suicide & high integration in widowed & aging populations. A longitudinal study of marriage cohorts is suggested using Gibbs & Martin’s first postualte. (ND)