Year: 1991 Source: Journal of Biosocial Science, v.23, (1991), p.221-227 SIEC No: 19911129

The effects of socioeconomic factors on secular trends in suicide rates in Japan for the periods 1953-72 & 1973-86 were investigated using 12 socioeconomic indicators. Multiple regression analysis showed that the socioeconomic indicators affecting suicide rates were not identical in the 2 periods. The changes reflect the socioeconomic changes in industrial structure in Japan in transition from an industrial to a service economy. (18 refs.)