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ERIC Number: EJ843890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Definitions of Suicide and Self-Harm Behavior in an Australian Aboriginal Community
Farrelly, Terri; Francis, Karen
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n2 p182-189 Apr 2009
In this small qualitative grounded theory study (21 interviews and focus groups with a total of 26 participants) investigating the understandings of and attitudes toward suicide and self-harm of Aboriginal peoples in a coastal region of New South Wales, Australia, we found that cultural factors particular to these communities influence the way such behavior is defined in an Aboriginal context. A continuation of certain "traditional" cultural forms of self-harm behavior was evident in participant definitions, notably the practice of female hair cutting, also described as a mourning ritual, which appears to serve as a marker both to the individual and others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia