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The Effects of Religion and Feminism on Suicide Ideology: An Analysis of National Survey Data

Steve Stack, Ira Wasserman and Augustine Kposowa
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Jun., 1994), pp. 110-121
DOI: 10.2307/1386598
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386598
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The Effects of Religion and Feminism on Suicide Ideology: An Analysis of National Survey Data
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Abstract

The present investigation explores the influence of feminism/religiosity on attitudes toward suicide among national samples of 4,946 women and 4,475 men. Two models are tested. First, religiosity should have an impact on suicide ideology through lowering feminism. Second, feminism should have a positive impact on suicide ideology through lowering religiosity. A LISREL analysis finds support for both models, but the greatest support is found for the first. The impact of religion and feminism on suicide ideology are independent of standard sociodemographic predictors of pro-suicide ideology, including age, socioeconomic class, political liberalism, education, and race. The model explains 31% and 26% of the variance for females and males, respectively.

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