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Introduction: The Gendered Landscape of Suicide

  • Anne ClearyEmail author
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Abstract

The introduction outlines patterns and theories of suicide and addresses the question of men’s presumed susceptibility to suicide. The demographic profile of suicide has changed since Durkheim’s time but convincing evidence remains of its sociocultural underpinnings. Men tend to predominate in terms of completed suicide but this is not a universal finding and where this gender pattern occurs significant variations exist between different groups of men. The idea that men are particularly at risk of suicide is predicated on a misleading notion that men are a unitary group and that their motivations for suicide are distinctively male concerns. In reality, little is known about the reasons for suicidal action and a better understanding is likely to emerge from the narratives of those who attempted suicide.

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  1. 1.UCD Geary Institute for Public PolicyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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