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Psychology Research Proposal

             The question is asked, “To what extent does the American tax season affect the suicide rate?” An exhaustive analysis of the historical (archival) data was conducted. Suicide dates were matched and compared to the economic season. A t-distribution was calculated and was used to compare the suicide rates of the tax season to the suicide rate of the non-tax season.
             Introduction/ Literature Review.
             While America is becoming an increasingly affluent country, much of the effects of this prosperity are swept under the rug of the collective American conscience. These inherent issues include global ones such as the alienation of less fortunate countries as well as more localized ones including the increasing separation of the wealthy and the not to wealthy American citizens. Focusing on the American citizen, this rising wealth has burdened an increasing amount of individuals with further stress of the amplifying importance of social status. A commonly overlooked aspect of this wealth is the requisite taxes that are due on that critical day in April.
             Throughout the course of human history, man-kind has had plenty of things to keep his mind stressing. These stressors may be as basic as food and shelter for survival, or as abstract as lost love. .
             It can reasonably be argued that the risk of financial hardship is among the most stressing concepts in our society. This has been the case for many centuries, but with the onset of sport-utility vehicle envy and various other measures of social stature, this importance of financial prosperity has become paramount. One may argue that in these recent times of war and economic frustration, this notion is not justified. I offer Fernquist’s statement that “we can tentatively conclude that the perceptions individuals have about income inequality are just as powerful as the actual distribution of income inequality” (Fernquist, 2002).