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Disability and Youth Suicide: A Focus Group Study of Disabled University Students

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Title:Disability and Youth Suicide: A Focus Group Study of Disabled University Students
Authors:Burcu, Esra
Keywords:disability
suicide
social isolation
Date Issued:2007
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Burcu, E. (2007). Disability and Youth Suicide: A Focus Group Study of Disabled University Students. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 3(1 & 2).
Series:vol. 3, no. 1 & 2
Abstract:For young people thoughts of suicide are based on various social factors. The research literature in this area reveals that there are two important interrelated factors that correlate with suicide rates: being young and being disabled. This study was undertaken in order to explore possible reasons for this increased tendency for young disabled people to commit suicide. The study was carried out at a university in Turkey with a group of disabled students. All the members of the focus group had thoughts of suicide and felt that their disability played an important role in creating these thoughts. The basic premise of the research was that physical disability increases the young person’s isolation and social loneliness and this can generate ideas of suicide in the young person’s mind that may be acted upon.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/58305
ISSN:1552-9215
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 3, No. 1 & 2


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