Year: 2002 Source: Adolescence, v.37, no.146, (Summer 2002), p.411-430 SIEC No: 20041178

This study presents the results of a qualitative analysis of the narratives of 29 street youth in which they describe their experiences with, & understanding of, suicide. A history of attempts was reported by 76% of the participants & analysis revealed themes of isolation, rejection/betrayal, lack of control, & most centrally, low self-worth as forming the basis of their experiences concerning suicide. It was also found that trading sex was linked with their suicidal experiences & may account for the high attempt rate. Further variables that have not been examined previously in the literature are identified. (36 refs)