Year: 1991 Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, v.26, no.4, (August 1991), p.168-170 SIEC No: 19911489

Durkheiman models stressing the impact of religious affiliation on suicide are being questioned. Some authors now argue for a model based on the alternative concept of religious committment (e.g. religiosity per se) as a prophylactic against suicide. The present study tests both models. No support is found for the Durkheiman model at the individual level, but some is found for the religious committment model. The effect of religiosity is independent of education, gender, marital status & age.