Year: 1999 Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, v.34, no.9, (September 1999), p.492-497 SIEC No: 20020829

This study investigated Swedish & Turkish adolescents’ reactions to a close friend’s suicidal disclosure. Swedish students were more accepting of a suicidal friend, but were also more disapproving of a suicidal disclosure by a close friend, than their Turkish peers. Turkish students were more emotionally involved with, & took more responsibility for, a suicidal close friend. Persons in Sweden may choose not to communicate their suicidal intent & hence can not make use of social support systems. (18 refs)