Year: 1997 Source: Psychological Reports, v.81, no.3, pt.2, (December 1997), p.1134 SIEC No: 19980465

Henry & Short (1954) argued that anger at external causes for one’s misery is associated with lower suicide rates. In this study, riots were used as an index of anger directed outwards. The association between the annual numbers of riots by African Americans from 1960 to 1992 & suicide rates for black groups was studied. The number of riots each year was associated with lower black suicide rates but the association did not reach statistical significance.