Year: 1998 Source: Crisis, v.19, no.2, (1998), p.78-86 SIEC No: 19980924

The authors studied whether there is a relationship between the existence of religious sanctions & aggregate national suicide rates. It was discovered that countries with religious sanctions were less likely to report rates of suicide to th e World Health Organization. Average reported rates for countries with sanctions are lower than those for countries without religious sanctions. The difference is particularly significant for females. Issues related to data reliability are discussed.