Year: 1994 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.24, no.1, (Spring 1994), p.15-23 SIEC No: 19940078

The relationship between the heavy metal music subculture & suicide is assessed using data on heavy metal magazine subscriptions & youth suicide in the 50 states. It was found that, controlling for other predictors of suicide, the greater the strength of the metal subculture, the higher the youth suicide rate. The music perhaps nurtures suicidal tendencies already present in the subculture. The model explains 51% of the variance in youth suicide. (41 refs.)