Young Women's Suicide In Sri Lanka: Cultural, Ecological, And Psychological Factors

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Asian Journal Of Counselling


In recent decades, Sri Lanka has recorded one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. Its rate of female suicide is second only to China. Suicides and acts of self-harm are concentrated in rural areas and among economically disadvantaged groups. Many occur in the context of family disputes and other conflicts with intimates. They are largely unpremeditated and driven by feelings of anger, humiliation, frustration, and desire to strike back against wrongful treatment. This article describes the social ecology of young women’s suicide in Sri Lanka, its cultural meanings, and the relational dynamics involved. Implications of the cultural, ecological, and psychological factors are discussed, with recommendations for counselors and human service workers.