Year: 1971 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.128, no.1, (1971), p.155-156 SIEC No: 19831479

The author challenges the hypothesis of Drs. Resnik & Dizmang that suicide rates among Indians correlate with social & family disorganization. Westermeyer argues that data from Minnesota does not support the hypothesis. He also says that 1) data & conclusions from general studies should be applied cautiously to specific tribal groups, & 2) social & family disorganization may be a multifactorial phenomenon of which suicide is only one element. The reply of Drs. Resnik & Dizmang follows.