Year: 2004 Source: Youth & Society, v.36, no.1, (September 2004), p.30-55 SIEC No: 20050558

Semi-structured interviews focusing on suicide were conducted with 80 street youth in agencies & on the streets of Toronto & Vancouver, Canada. Participants described their understandings of the phenomenon of suicide among street youth & the meanings suicide held for them. Qualitative analysis of the interviews revealed themes of worthlessness, loneliness, hopelessness, & most centrally the feeling of being “trapped” as forming the construct of suicide held by participants. (48 refs)