Year: 1965 Source: Mental Hygiene, v.49, (1965), p.371-373 SIEC No: 19832528

The assertion has frequently been made that the welfare state results in increased suicide rates. Psychologically, it is variously maintained that incentive is destroyed, boredom fostered, & that the skills for handling frustrations are not developed, leading to a greater frequency of self-destruction. This hypothesis was tested in Norway (low suicide rate) & Denmark (high suicide rate) by: an analysis of suicide statistics. The results clearly disprove the hypothesis.