Year: 2001 Source: Omega, v.44, no.3, (2001-2002), p.215-222 SIEC No: 20030320

This article examines the proposition of a nonzero natural rate of suicide (Lang & Lester, 1991) in the United States. The proposition is examined with time-series analysis & cross-sectional data of state suicide rates & socioeconomic factors over the 1985-1995 time period. Statistical allowances were made as a control mechanism for the majority of observed & unobserved socioeconomic & time factors affecting suicide rates. The findings lend support to the natural rate of suicide hypothesis. The average state suicide rate would equal 1.28 per 100,000 population. (13 refs.) (AK)