Perceptions of life and death among suicidal gay adolescents

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Suicide rates among homosexuals are higher than those among heterosexuals. This article suggests that gay youth who attempt suicide represent a special case in which the meanings associated with life and death are worth exploration. In light of the phenomenological paradigm, we are interested in how sixteen gay men who attempted suicide perceived life and death before the actual suicide attempt and how these perceptions are linked to the attempt. Orbach's model specifies four categories of attitudes toward life and death: attraction and aversion to life and attraction and aversion to death. Only three categories of Orbach's model emerged from the interview data. "Attraction to life" was missing and the analysis attempts to account for this gap.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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