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Religions 2018, 9(4), 137; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9040137

Pathways to Attempted Suicide as Reflected in the Narratives of People with Lived Experience

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School of Governance, Law and Society (SOGOLAS), Tallinn University, Narva mnt 25, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia
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Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI), Õie 39, 11615 Tallinn, Estonia
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Received: 20 March 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 20 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention, Religion and Spirituality)
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Narratives, i.e., stories told by suicidal people, describing personal experiences and meanings given to these experiences, play an important role in understanding suicidal behaviour. The aim of the current study was to analyse suicidal processes that have resulted in attempted suicide and to improve the understanding of protective and risk factors of suicidal behaviour. Special emphasis was paid to religious/spiritual aspects. The material was collected in Estonia by conducting narrative interviews with adults (18 years or older) who had attempted suicide during their lifetimes (N = 8). Thematic analysis was used for analysing the data. The main themes identified from the narratives were: childhood and family relationships, romantic relationships, alcohol/drug abuse, losses, sleep, previous suicide attempts, and religious/spiritual beliefs. The findings of the study show that there are many pathways to attempted suicide and that the process leading to attempted suicide is complex. Protective and risk factors are both multi-faceted. View Full-Text
Keywords: attempted suicide; narratives; protective factors; religious/spiritual aspects; risk factors; thematic analysis attempted suicide; narratives; protective factors; religious/spiritual aspects; risk factors; thematic analysis
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Luhaäär, K.; Sisask, M. Pathways to Attempted Suicide as Reflected in the Narratives of People with Lived Experience. Religions 2018, 9, 137.

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