How do young people in Cambodia perceive the impact of societal attitudes, media and religion on suicidal behaviour?
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 62, no 2, 114-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: Young people in low and middle income countries (LMICs) in societal transitions with rapidly changing norms face an increased risk of suicide. This study explores how young people in Cambodia understand the impact on suicidal behaviour from societal attitudes, media and religion.
MATERIAL: Focus group discussions were held with school students from a suburban area. Thematic analysis was used to interpret the data.
DISCUSSION: Participants perceived the prevailing suicide-stigmatizing societal attitudes, the double-edged media and suicide-ambiguity in Buddhist religion as challenging. Globalization was recognized as contradicting with traditional Cambodian norms and values.
CONCLUSION: Suicide prevention programmes should take into consideration the complex picture of suicide that young people are exposed to.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 62, no 2, 114-122 p.
Societal attitudes, media, religion, suicide, young people, Cambodia
Psychiatry Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106859DOI: 10.1177/0020764015597952ISI: 000370422200003PubMedID: 26238990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106859DiVA: diva2:845197