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An exploration of integrated data on the social dynamics of suicide among women

Mallon, Sharon; Galway, Karen; Rondon, Janeet and Leavey, Gerry (2016). An exploration of integrated data on the social dynamics of suicide among women. Sociology of Health and Illness, 38(4) pp. 662–675.

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Abstract

The gender-based nature of suicide-related behaviour is largely accepted. However, studies that report exclusively on female suicides are rare. Here we demonstrate how female suicide has effectively been 'othered' and appears incidental in studies which compare female and male behaviour. We highlight how recent studies of suicide have tended to be dominated by male-only approaches, which increasingly link issues of masculinity with male death by suicide. Drawing on data collected from the general practitioner and coroner's office, we then apply the sociological autopsy approach to a cohort of 78 deaths recorded as suicides in the UK between 2007 and 2009. By focusing on females in isolation from males, we demonstrate that, as in male-only suicide studies, it is similarly possible to draw out issues associated with the feminine identity, which can be linked to death by suicide. We find that bereavement, sexual violence and motherhood could all be linked to the lives and help-seeking of the females who died. In closing, we suggest that a reorientation towards sociological analytic approaches of female suicide may help to produce further reductions in the rate of female death by suicide.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1467-9566
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Understanding SuicideNot SetPublic Health Agency NI
Keywords: gender; mental health and illness; prevention; suicide
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 50791
Depositing User: Sharon Mallon
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 06:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50791
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