Blues fans and suicide acceptability

Death Stud. 2000 Apr-May;24(3):223-31. doi: 10.1080/074811800200559.


Research has neglected the possible impact of the blues music subculture on suicide acceptability (SA). The sad themes in the blues may attract suicidal persons and reinforce their suicidal moods and attitudes. The present study performs the first test of the thesis that associates SA with being a blues fan. It uses data on a national sample of 961 adults drawn from the General Social Survey of 1993. The results of a multivariate logistic regression analysis found that blues fans were no more accepting of suicide than nonfans. However, blues fanship was found to have substantial indirect effects on SA through its influence on such factors as lowered religiosity levels, the most important predictor of SA. Race-specific analyses found more support for the model for whites than for African Americans.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude*
  • Black or African American
  • Culture
  • Humans
  • Music / psychology*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • White People