Year: 2003 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.93, no.5, (May 2003), p.698 SIEC No: 20041018

This letter comments on an earlier study by G Singh & M Siahpush. It agrees with their findings that suicide rates for rural men are high & rising, but finds the explanations provided by the researchers for this situation unsatisfying. The authors suggests agrarian cultural values as a possible explanation for disparities in suicide mortality. Singh & Siahpush respond by contending that these cultural factors can not change rapidly enough to affect the demographic trends discussed in the article. (11 refs)