Journal article

Unpacking Social Isolation in Men's Suicidality

John L Oliffe, Alex Broom, Michaela Popa, Emily K Jenkins, Simon M Rice, Olivier Ferlatte, Emma Rossnagel

QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Social isolation has featured as a significant and oftentimes all-encompassing risk factor for male suicide, yet, as an explanatory mechanism, it has not been unpacked in terms of what it constitutes in everyday life. The current photovoice study explores the various dimensions of the lived experience of social isolation, as embedded in accounts of suicidality drawn from 35 Canadian men. Study participants narrated the following factors as underpinning their social isolation: (a) family dysfunction and estrangement, (b) marginality and feeling like misfits at school and work, (c) alienation and provisional acceptance of health care, (d) ineffectual and self-harming management, (e) intrusive ..

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