Year: 1991 Source: Rural Sociology, v.56, no.4, (Winter 1991), p.603-618 SIEC No: 19920554

Higher rural suicide rates than urban rates in industrialized Japan are attributed to areal differences in social disintegration. This explanation was tested using data on 47 prefectures. Higher rates were observed in areas with a sparse population, a stagnant economy, & a population over-represented by elderly people. Variation in social integration, rather than the degree of industrialization & urbanization, is the key to understanding the differentials in suicide rates. (50 refs.)