Adolescents' attitudes toward suicide, and a suicidal peer: a comparison between Swedish and Turkish high school students.

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Source
Scand J Psychol. 1995 Jun;36(2):201-7
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-1995
Author
M. Eskin
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Source
Scand J Psychol. 1995 Jun;36(2):201-7
Date
Jun-1995
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Attitude to Death
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Female
Humans
Male
Peer Group
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Social Values
Students - psychology
Suicide - prevention & control - psychology
Sweden
Turkey
Abstract
The present paper first presents the attitudes toward suicide and a suicidal classmate among 98 female and 69 male (N = 167) Swedish high school students. Secondly, the Swedish sample was compared with 167 (89 female and 78 male) Turkish high school students from a previous study. Among Swedish students, more males than females said that people have the right to commit suicide and suicide can be a solution to some problems. More females than males expressed a belief in life after death. Swedish adolescents were found to be holding more liberal attitudes toward suicide than Turkish adolescents. However, Turkish adolescents showed greater acceptance for a suicidal peer than Swedish adolescents. The results are discussed in terms of socio-cultural factors and related literature. The need for educational programs to provide basic knowledge about suicide and, effective ways of dealing with and helping suicidal peers is implicated.
PubMed ID
7644900 View in PubMed
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