Year: 1998 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.28, no.1, (Spring 1998), p.69-81 SIEC No: 19980330

This article describes the current pattern of suicide in Sri Lanka, including gender differences & similarities, & reviews some of the sociocultural factors that may figure into the increasing suicide rate. A study is described in which Sri Lankans were asked to account for suicidal behaviours & what they would recommend for helping suicidal people. Gender inflected the responses, with essentialist accounts associated with female suicide & contextual accounts associated with male suicide.