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Study: Reputation Can Be Deadly for Whites in 'Honor States'

Southern and western states have a "culture of honor" that focus on aggressively protecting a person's own reputation, and new research links this cultural phenomenon to a higher rate of accidental deaths in these states. (Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images)(NORMAN, Okla.) -- White people living in certain states might be more likely to die from accidents because these states have a so-called "honor culture," according to new studies published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. In an honor culture, there is a strong emphasis on preserving a person's reputation.

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma found that white men and women living in southern and western states are more likely to engage in risky behavior that leads to accidental death. Based on previous research on the honor culture, the authors say, the District of Columbia and the following states are considered honor states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

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