Year: 2004 Source: Qualitative Health Research, v.14, no.3, (March 2004), p.345-358 SIEC No: 20040347

The authors investigate experiences after a suicide attempt from the perspective of patients & their family members in Taiwan. 34 patients & 49 family members or colleagues participated in interviews from the point of patients’ hospitalization to their return to the community. Cultural themes underlying the stigma suffered by patients & their families, as well as their ways of coping with this stigma, are explored. The need for culturally-sensitive responses from health professionals & in health care policy is discussed. (39 refs)