You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Administration and Law › Harrell, Susan › State laws on suicide and rates of suicide Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Bridges, F. S., & Harrell, S. W. (2005). State laws on suicide and rates of suicide: A replication. North American Journal of Psychology, 7(1), 43-49. State laws on suicide and rates of suicide Details Title State laws on suicide and rates of suicide: A replication Contributor(s) Bridges, F. Stephen (author)Harrell, Susan W. (author) Located In North American journal of psychology ISSN 1527-7143 Date 2005 Use/Reproduction NAJP Abstract Seven aspects of laws on suicide, as proxy measures of public attitudes in each state, were correlated with the 2001 rates of suicide for the contiguous U.S. states. With so many correlations in the present study, the likelihood of a Type I error was large. Alpha was adjusted to control for that likelihood. Statistical analysis now requires even stronger evidence before concluding that there were significant relationships between state laws on suicide and state rates of suicide. A multiple regression on all seven aspects showed that only 20% of the variance in the 2001 rates of suicide was accounted for. None of the seven aspects of the state laws appears to be closely related to the rate of suicide. Overall state laws probably do not reflect the acceptance of suicide as a behavior by the general public.