Year: 2002 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.6, no.1, (2002), p.55-59 SIEC No: 20021335

This paper describes a few factors that have contributed to the lack of theories emerging from quantitative research into suicide. Factors explored include inadequate statistical techniques, research variety, lack of validity, & lack of effect size consideration. It is argued that a better understanding of suicidal behavior will not be gained until variations in methodology are removed, what is actually being studied & how it is measured are clarified, & researchers become aware of the pitfalls in statistical interpretation. (8 refs)