Year: 1981 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology, v.37, no.1, (January 1981), p.70-75 SIEC No: 19831994

Examined annual variations in the methods used for suicide in the US by sex & ethnic group. Virtually all of the increase could be attributed to an increase in suicides by firearms. The data from this & other studies suggest that the physical availability of the more culturally accepted methods of suicide is a major determinant of suicide rates and that suicides may be prevented by decreasing the availability of the most common methods of suicide to suicidal individuals.