Cultural Factors in Suicide Prevention

Lai Fong Chan, Maniam Thambu

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Abstract

A phenomenon as complex as suicidal behavior is heavily influenced by the values and beliefs of a people, which are core components of culture. In terms of definitions, for the present purposes, suicidal behavior encompasses suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide. The literature on culture and suicide is relatively scarce compared to that on, say, the epidemiology of suicide. The social and cultural milieu of a given population may have an effect on the evolution of national suicide rates. The increase in the rate of suicides by hanging among Australian Aboriginal youth may be explained by present-day sensationalized media coverage of hanging as an accessible means of suicide in Aboriginal popular culture. In-depth analysis of Australian Aboriginal youth described how indigenous people's culture and history might carry a powerful symbolic meaning with regard to hanging as a method of suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages541-555
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118903223
ISBN (Print)9781118903278
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2016

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Suicide
Suicidal Ideation
Epidemiology
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Population

Keywords

  • Australian aboriginal popular culture
  • Indigenous people's culture
  • National suicide rates
  • Present-day sensationalized media coverage
  • Religious beliefs
  • Suicidal behavior
  • White culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Chan, L. F., & Thambu, M. (2016). Cultural Factors in Suicide Prevention. In The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition (pp. 541-555). Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118903223.ch31

Cultural Factors in Suicide Prevention. / Chan, Lai Fong; Thambu, Maniam.

The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, 2016. p. 541-555.

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Chan, LF & Thambu, M 2016, Cultural Factors in Suicide Prevention. in The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 541-555. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118903223.ch31
Chan LF, Thambu M. Cultural Factors in Suicide Prevention. In The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell. 2016. p. 541-555 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118903223.ch31
Chan, Lai Fong ; Thambu, Maniam. / Cultural Factors in Suicide Prevention. The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, 2016. pp. 541-555
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