Year: 1988 Source: Man, v.23, no.4, (December 1988), p.759-762 SIEC No: 20010431

Macpherson & Macpherson (1987) wrote on trends in suicide in Western Samoa. In this commentary, Norton offers further clarification on the dynamics of the problem. He specifically addresses distinctive features of chiefly authority in Samoa which may contribute to suicide among young people. A reply by the Macphersons follows.