Year: 1994 Source: Social Forces, v.72, no.4, (June 1994), p.1249-1255 SIEC No: 20010679

Stack & Gundlach (1992) report a strong link between country music & metropolitan suicide rates for whites. In this article, it is argued that Stack & Gundlach fall into the methodological trap of the ecological fallacy & present weak arguments on causality by purporting that a country music subculture, at least partially, explains suicides among whites in metropolitan areas. The present authors conclude that inferences about individual behaviour drawn from aggregate data are fallacious & that Stack & Gundlach fail to provide compelling evidence to support that country music is any different from other types of music in its relationship to individual life events & suicide. (13 refs.)