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Women and suicide: beyond the gender paradox

McKay, Kathy, Milner, Allison and Maple, Myfanwy 2014, Women and suicide: beyond the gender paradox, International journal of culture and mental health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 168-178, doi: 10.1080/17542863.2013.765495.

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Title Women and suicide: beyond the gender paradox
Author(s) McKay, Kathy
Milner, Allison
Maple, Myfanwy
Journal name International journal of culture and mental health
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 178
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1754-2863
1754-2871
Keyword(s) female suicide
gender paradox
WHOSIS
cultural scripts
Summary Traditionally, suicide research has focused on male mortality, with little attention paid to the female experience of suicide. This means there has been a lack of research examining how female suicide rates and behaviours have changed over time and between countries. Through an exploration of the World Health Organisation Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) data, this paper aims to analyse changes in the trends of female suicide across the period 1950 to 2009 in 106 countries. Observed changes in female suicidal behaviours are discussed in the context of 12 geographical and cultural areas of the world: Africa, Anglo-Saxon countries, the Western Pacific, the Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean countries, Scandinavia, South America, South East Asia, Southern Europe and Western Europe. By seeking understanding as to how suicidal behaviours are gendered within specific cultures and societies and by unpacking the Gender Paradox using Cultural Scripts Theory, this paper explores some possible culturally relevant explanations for female suicide rates and behaviours worthy of future research attention. Analysing the data and its limitations, and acknowledging its place within social and cultural constructs, allows for better understanding of the fatal female suicidal behaviour.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17542863.2013.765495
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090010

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