Year: 1992 Source: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.38, no.4, (Winter 1992), p.273-279 SIEC No: 19930925

Using a detailed questionnaire, knowledge, attitudes & experiences of nurses with regard to patients who have attempted suicide were examined. The study focused on the relationship of traditional Shona beliefs about suicide & considered how they interact with western medical beliefs. Knowledge of suicide was found to be poor & attitudes toward attempters were negative. Traditional beliefs were held strongly by all the nurses; western beliefs were strongest among experienced nurses. (12 refs.)