Year: 2003 Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, v.74, no.3, (May 2003), p.257-266 SIEC No: 20031002

The authors investigated whether preceding regional suicide rates are related to subsequent election results. Stepwise weighted multiple regression of averaged standardized suicide rates for the preceding period in each of Austria’s policital districts led to a significant model. The findings suggest that variations in preceding regional suicide incidence might be mirrored in subsequent voting behavior. A speculative post hoc explanation for the finding is offered, & its limitations are discussed. (25 refs)