Suicide and suicide attempts in the Pacific Islands: A systematic literature review

Background The Pacific Islands have some of the highest rates of suicide in the Western Pacific region. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature on suicidal behaviour in the Pacific Islands. Methods A comprehensive search of Web of Science, PubMed, PsycINFO, Cochrane, CINAHL and Embase databases was conducted for all articles […]

Suicide and Culture: Island Views

Suicide research, claims White, may produce insights useful in understanding other social problems like alcohol abuse, violence, & mental disorders. He views suicide as a social event shaped in complex ways by culture–by shared beliefs & practices which give meaning to social life. In this chapter the author examines the effect of social change on […]

Suicide and Women in East Kwaio, Malaita

Although the people of East Kwaio consider women more likely to commit suicide than men, author Akin states that a collection of cases over a 40-year period show male/female suicides to be roughly equal in number. There are however many more unsuccessful attempts by women, who are culturally & socially restricted in their response to […]

Patterns of Suicide in West Kwara’ae, Malaita, Solomon Island

This is a report of research conducted in West Kwara’ae, Malaita, in the Solomon Islands, from May-Aug. 1984. Interviews were conducted across 3 generations on occurrences of suicide & its cultural meanings. Suicide in traditional & colonial times is contrasted with suicide today. Restrictions culturally imposed on females are seen as predisposing factors; a strong […]