The Effect of Domestic Religious Individualism on Suicide, 1954-1978
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.