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Young people's gendered interpretations of suicide and attempted suicide

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID:, Jacob, Nina Katherine, Smalley, Nina ORCID:, Prior, Lindsay and Greenland, Katy ORCID: 2007. Young people's gendered interpretations of suicide and attempted suicide. Child & Family Social Work 12 (3) , pp. 248-257. 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2007.00498.x

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This paper aims to uncover gendered interpretations of various kinds of suicidal behaviour. Its empirical basis is focus group discussions with a range of young people, including users of social work services. In support of Canetto's research, the authors found some of the young people to be associating ‘successful’ suicides with masculinity and ‘failed’ suicide attempts with femininity. These feminized suicide attempts were subject to some fairly pejorative interpretations, such as being motivated by revenge or manipulation. There was no particular pattern of viewpoints in terms of the sex of respondents. The implications of these findings for social work are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: attempted suicide; focus groups; gender; suicide; young people
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1356-7500
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 02:06

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