Year: 1974 Source: Psychiatric Annals, v.4, no.6, (June 1974), p.54-68 SIEC No: 19850734

This article discusses suicidal behavior & its relationship to sociocultural & economic factors. Cerebral bioamine metabolic disturbances are necessary but not sufficient causes of depression. Contributing social factors include transience of residence & of behavioral codes, increased polarization & compartmentalization, & a negative view of life & the universe. The correlation between radicalization & increased suicide rates in several cultures is noted also.