Year: 2002 Source: Death Studies, v.26, no.2, (February 2002), p.99-116 SIEC No: 20020493

This study examined factors affecting young adults’ attitudes about nonfatal suicidal behaviour. It evaluated how respondent sex, respondent gender identity, the precipitant of the suicidal act (ie. a relationship loss, an achievement failure, or a physical illness), & gender of the suicidal person influence reactions to a suicidal decision. Attitudes were least negative when the suicidal act was in response to a physical illness. Men were more likely to agree with & accept the suicidal decision than women. Androgynous persons tended to view it as foolish, independent of precipitant. They also reported less agreement, acceptance, & sympathy for such decisions. (45 refs)