Journal article

A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Harm and Suicide in Sri Lankan Printed Newspapers

Jane Brandt Sorensen, Melissa Pearson, Gregory Armstrong, Martin Wolf Andersen, Manjula Weerasinghe, Keith Hawton, Flemming Konradsen

CRISIS-THE JOURNAL OF CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION | HOGREFE PUBLISHING CORP | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: Media reporting may influence suicidal behavior. In-depth exploration of how self-harm and suicide are portrayed in newspaper articles in a middle-income country such as Sri Lanka is lacking. Aims: We aimed to explore how self-harm and suicide are portrayed in Sri Lankan printed newspapers. Method: Seven English- and Sinhala-language Sri Lankan newspapers were screened for articles reporting on self-harm and suicide (December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015). A thematic analysis was conducted. Results: In the 78 articles identified for analysis, certain aspects were overemphasized (inappropriate behavior) and others underemphasized (alcohol and complexities of self-harm). Explanation..

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Awarded by Wellcome Trust


Awarded by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Funding Acknowledgements

The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Wellcome Trust Safe Storage grant (GR090958) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (DIG-0-0095-12) funded this study.