Year: 1997 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.27, no.4, (Winter 1997), p.339-351 SIEC No: 19971270

U.S. females are more likely to engage in suicidal behavior, but are less likely to die as a result of a suicidal act than males. This article reviews the highlights of the research on cultural meanings of gender & suicidal behavior. Studies suggest that U.S. adolescents perceive nonfatal suicidal behavior as more “feminine” & less potent than killing oneself. These beliefs may play a role in decisions about suicidal behavior. Implications for prevention programs are discussed. (68 refs.)