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The Relationship between Marital Dissolution and Suicide: The Canadian Case

Frank Trovato
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 48, No. 2 (May, 1986), pp. 341-348
DOI: 10.2307/352401
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352401
Page Count: 8
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The Relationship between Marital Dissolution and Suicide: The Canadian Case
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Abstract

This study extends the examination of the relationship between divorce and suicide to Canada by evaluating the hypothesis that provinces with high levels of divorce experience increased rates of suicide. Aggregate data for Canada's provinces and territories for 1971 and 1978 provide strong support for this prediction, thus indicating similarity in patterns with the United States. Controlling for provincial differences in education, migration, percentage Roman Catholic, and the marriage rate simultaneously does not eliminate the observed association between family dissolution and suicide. Although the findings for Canada are consistent with the observations of Stack (1980b) in the context of the United States, some differences emerged as well.

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