Year: 2006 Source: Culture, Health & Sexuality, v.8, no.3, (May-June 2006), p.195-209 SIEC No: 20100166

This paper examines the cultural context of youth suicide, & asks how youth suicide may be related to emerging sexual identity. In particular, it focuses on the situation of young heterosexual women. The findings are based on interviews with 41 young people, parents, & youth service providers. Interviews were semi-structured & open-ended, & included the use of scenarios or vignettes. Findings suggest traditional constructions of gender remain widespread & that these are often disadvantageous to both young genders. Young people were more likely to confide in their friends, who may not be equipped to deal with crises. (40 refs.)