Year: 1990 Source: Journal of Marriage and the Family, v.52, no.1, (February 1990), p.119-127 SIEC No: 19902075

This study analyzes divorce & suicide rates from 2 opposing explanations – status integration & Durkheimian theory. The former predicts a decline in the effect of divorce on suicide because divorce is more frequent & socially acceptable. The latter predicts no change or an increase in suicide. The author finds that the gap between rates for the divorced & married has narrowed as divorce has become more common, however the gap is still substantial so status integration is not supported. (VM)