Year: 1989 Source: Psychological Reports, v.65, no.3, Pt.2, (December 1989), p.1358 SIEC No: 19900839

Lester (1986) argued that where the quality of life (QOL) is better, people have less justification for blaming others for their misfortunes & so are more likely to become depressed & suicidal. Both nations & states with a higher QOL have higher suicide rates. The present note examines the association of the suicide rates of 68 major American cities from 1925-29 with the QOL in those cities in 1930. Results confirm Lester’s earlier results of analyses for nations & American states.