Oh, research papers! Truly an untapped vein of pure comedic gold. And sometimes, just some weird, weird stuff. Like this little wonder, which looks to correlate the effects of country music on suicide rates.
Sadly, I couldn’t find the complete text so I’ll never know if my extensive country music collection is putting me on a dead-end track. Though when you think about it, if I listed to Toby Keith, I’d probably want to kill myself too. Thankfully, I stick with Hank, Merle, Willie, Johnny, and Lefty. From the paper:
In this article, we explore the link between a particular form of popular music (country music) and metropolitan suicide rates. We contend that the themes found in country music foster a suicidal mood among people already at risk of suicide and that it is thereby associated with a high suicide rate. The effect is buttressed by the country subculture and a link between this subculture and a racial status related to an increased suicide risk.