Social Correlates of Suicide by Age

Media Impacts


Sociological work on suicide has often neglected age-specific analysis. Although there has been a good deal of work on teenage suicide and some work on suicide among the elderly, people in midlife have been especially neglected (Stack, 1982, 1987b). The present study first discusses social correlates of suicide by broad age groups: young, middle-aged, and old. The shared-life circumstances of each group are used to predict age-group propensities to imitate suicide. A statistical model is then tested linking publicized suicide stories with age-specific suicide rates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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