Social Causation or Social Construction of Suicide? An Investigation into the Social Organization of Official Rates

@inproceedings{Pescosolido1986SocialCO,
  title={Social Causation or Social Construction of Suicide? An Investigation into the Social Organization of Official Rates},
  author={Bernice A. Pescosolido and Robert B. Mendelsohn},
  year={1986}
}
In this paper, we integrate two vital but independent avenues of research on suicide. Quantitative studies in sociology, using official statistics to test hypotheses, focus on the effects of urbanization, religious affiliation and other reasons why individuals commit suicide. Observational studies examine legal, organizational and professional factors that lead to misclassifying suspicious deaths, but they fail to consider their effects on the causes of suicide. Surprisingly, no study has… CONTINUE READING

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