Suicide and religion : new evidence on the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism

Torgler, Benno & Schaltegger, Christoph (2014) Suicide and religion : new evidence on the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 53(2), pp. 316-340.

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Suicide has remained a persistent social phenomenon and now accounts for more deaths than motor vehicle accidents. There has been much debate, however, over which religious constructs might best explain the variation in suicide rates. Our empirical analysis reveals that even though theological and social differences between Catholicism and Protestantism have decreased, Catholics are still less likely than Protestants to commit or accept suicide. This difference holds even after we control for such confounding factors as social and religious networks. In addition, although religious networks do mitigate suicides among Protestants, the influence of church attendance is more dominant among Catholics. Our analysis also indicates that alternative concepts such as religious commitment and religiosity strongly reduce suicide acceptance.

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ID Code: 78747
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: suicide, religion, Protestantism, Catholicism
DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12117
ISSN: 1468-5906
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2014 03:06
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 05:06

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