Year: 1990 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.20, n.1, (Spring 1990), p.31-56 SIEC No: 19901299

Conducted a trend analysis of states’ spending for hospitals & their suicide rates in 1960, 1970, 1980 & 1984. Spending for hospitals was not directly related to suicide rates until 1984. In 1984, spending was not only directly & inversely related to suicide rates, but also accounted for a 5% increase in their variance. Findings call attention to institutional norms of cost containment at all costs and states’ suicide rates. (72 refs.)