Year: 2003 Source: New Ideas in Psychology, v.21, no.2, (August 2003), p.141-146 SIEC No: 20040207

It is hypothesized in this article that there is a base rate of suicide in all communities which is influenced not only by biological factors, but also by psychosocial factors. The author argues that various countries or specific groups or regions within a country whose suicide rate diverges significantly from this base rate do so predominantly because of psychosocial factors. The practical implications of this theory, in terms of suicide prevention programs, are discussed. (21 refs)