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A Qualitative Analysis of Community Attitudes and Beliefs towards Youth Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour in the Colombo District

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dc.contributor.author Palihawadana, SM
dc.contributor.author Pandithakoralage, SC
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-05T07:49:23Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-05T07:49:23Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.kdu.ac.lk/handle/345/4769
dc.description.abstract Suicide is a leading cause of death in young people worldwide, and Sri Lanka still has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. Many leading approaches to address this issue do not always take into consideration the community’s views, attitudes, and beliefs about suicide. The objective of this research was to determine youth and adult attitudes and beliefs towards the impact on the suicidal ideation and behaviour of young people. The qualitative study used semi-structured interviews to elicit the thoughts of 12 participants, comprising youth who were undergraduates, parents of youth, and educators. The participants were Sri Lankan nationals, whose ages ranged from 18- 45 years of age. The transcripts of the audiotapes of the interviews were thematically analysed to identify the attitudes and beliefs regarding youth suicide. Several themes were identified, including three Superordinate themes as Social Behaviour, Sensitivity, and Beliefs, and nine subordinate themes under them. Many participants gave significance to the influence the community has on an individual’s mental wellbeing at various social levels. The findings suggest that awareness is vital in addressing the prevention of youth suicide, and awareness programs should address the attitudes and beliefs of the community to promote community engagement in prevention programs. More attention needs to be given to community attributions towards suicide, shared responsibility as a community, and social stigma. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject suicide, youth en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject awareness en_US
dc.subject stigma en_US
dc.subject social responsibility en_US
dc.subject suicide prevention en_US
dc.title A Qualitative Analysis of Community Attitudes and Beliefs towards Youth Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour in the Colombo District en_US
dc.type Article Abstract en_US


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