Religion and Suicide

  title={Religion and Suicide},
  author={Robin Edward Gearing and Dana Alonzo},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
Religion impacts suicidality. One’s degree of religiosity can potentially serve as a protective factor against suicidal behavior. To accurately assess risk of suicide, it is imperative to understand the role of religion in suicidality. PsycINFO and MEDLINE databases were searched for published articles on religion and suicide between 1980 and 2008. Epidemiological data on suicidality across four religions, and the influence of religion on suicidality are presented. Practice guidelines are… 
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  • Psychology
    Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research
  • 2006
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Whether differences exist in the religious beliefs of suicide artempters and matched controls is determined and question content areas, response categories and response frequencies follow.
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Ecological associations between religious variables and suicide rates are stronger for women than men, stronger for measures of belief than observance and mediated by tolerance of suicide.
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Religious affiliation is associated with less suicidal behavior in depressed inpatients and greater moral objections to suicide and lower aggression level in religiously affiliated subjects may function as protective factors against suicide attempts.
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It is a myth that suicide is rare among Muslims, and Muslim communities need to be re-educated about suicide phenomena through their leaders at home and abroad.
Religiosity, attributional style, and social support as psychosocial buffers for African American and white adolescents' perceived risk for suicide.
Othodoxy-commitment to core beliefs-emerged as the single strongest correlate after controlling for the effects of other buffers, and may help explain the religion-suicide link for adolescents.
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  • Psychology
    Journal of health and social behavior
  • 1983
A theory is developed that argues that a high level of commitment to a few life-preserving religious beliefs, values, and practices will lower suicide levels, and a multiple regression analysis of suicide rates from 25 nations indicates that religious commitment is negatively related to the total suicide rate.
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