Year: 1991 Source: Perceptual and Motor Skills, v.72, no.3, pt.1, (June 1991), p.814 SIEC No: 19911369

To test Tabachnick & Klugman’s hypothesis that the amount of death instinct per capita in different regions is constant, 1975-1977 death rates for motor vehicle accidents, cirrhosis & suicide were obtained from the US Indian Health Service for all 11 health service areas. In contrast to predictions derived from the hypothesis that the death instinct is constant, no negative correlations were found among these 3 variables. Thus, results do not support the hypothesis. (3 refs.)