The Effect of Divorce on Suicide in Denmark, 1951-1980
In this article, a Cochrane-Orcutt iterative regression analysis replicates the American-based pattern of marital dissolution’s effect on suicide for Denmark. The divorce index is more closely associated than the unemployment rate with changes in the suicide rate. A 1% increase in divorce is associated with a 0.32% increase in suicide. Divorce trends also predict the incidence of youth suicide. The study further confirms the generalization that links rapid change in kinship structures to suicide in industrial societies.