Year: 1987 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.17, no.4, (Winter 1987), p.310-325 SIEC No: 19871971

Although many authors have questioned reliability & validity of officially reported suicide rates, these statistics continue to be quoted as fact–a potentially problematic practice for researchers who seek accurate & true causative factors for suicidal behavior. This article overviews the existing vital statistics registry system & describes & proposes innovations that could ultimately improve the quality of officially reported suicide statistics.