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Title: Suicide bereavement and stigma for young people in rural Australia: a mixed methods study
Contributor(s): Bartik, Warren  (author); Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; McKay, Kathy  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/18374905.2015.1026301
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Abstract: This paper describes a mixed methods study undertaken to describe the experience of suicide bereavement for young people in rural Australian communities. The study involved 18 rural young people who were aged between 14 and 21 years when they experienced the suicide death of a friend. The young people completed a standardised stigma questionnaire and qualitative interview. Quantitative results suggested that young people were less likely to view suicide as stemming from isolation and depression, and they tended to consider suicide in glorifying and normalising terms. Qualitative findings included young peoples' perceptions of stigma associated with suicide in their rural communities. Most of the young people described reluctance in their community to talk about or acknowledge suicide, as suicide was a taboo subject. The findings support the need to combat stigma and silence that surrounds suicide in rural Australia in order to assist young suicide-bereaved people.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Advances in Mental Health, 13(1), p. 84-95
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Australasia
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 1837-4905
Field of Research (FOR): 111714 Mental Health
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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