Year: 1985 Source: Journal of Marriage and the Family, v.47, (May 1985), p.431-447 SIEC No: 19870214

This paper conceptualizes domestic and religious life as parts of a greater institutional complex centered around collectivistic values, corroborated by data analysis from 1954-78. A Cochrane-Orcutt analysis indicates that changes in a principal component measuring domestic/religious individualism are significantly correlated with changes in the national suicide rate. This is especially true regarding the youth cohort. Other findings support the link between unemployment rates and suicide.