Year: 1992 Source: Social Forces, v.71, no.1, (September 1992), p.211-218 SIEC No: 19920699

This article assesses the link between country music & metropolitan suicide rates. Country music is hypothesized to nurture a suicidal mood through its concerns with problems common in the suicidal population, such as marital discord, alcohol abuse, & alienation from work. The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. The black suicide rate was not related to country music.