Farewell to the world: Suicide notes from Turkey


DEMİREL B. , AKAR T. , Sayin A., CANDANSAYAR S. , Leenaars A. A.

SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR, vol.38, no.1, pp.122-127, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1521/suli.2008.38.1.122
  • Title of Journal : SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-127

Abstract

There has been limited study of suicide in Islamic countries. This paper marks the first study of suicide notes in Turkey, an Islamic country. Using a classification scheme, 49 suicide notes (a rate of 34.5%) were studied. The results show that note writers do not differ greatly from other suicides. Further analysis of younger (<40) and older (>40) suicide note writers reveal few significant differences. Our results, together with the results of classification studies in different countries, suggest that caution is in order in transposing findings from one country to other countries. Future study of suicide notes should, in fact, focus on cross-cultural investigation.