Journal article

"Is Life Worth Living?": The Role of Masculinity in the Way Men Aged Over 80 Talk About Living, Dying, and Suicide

Kylie King, Briony Dow, Louise Keogh, Peter Feldman, Allison Milner, David Pierce, Richard Chenhall, Marisa Schlichthorst

American Journal of Men's Health | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


Men aged 85 years and over have the highest rate of suicide of any age or gender group in Australia. However, little is known about their trajectory toward suicide. The objective of this study was to understand the role of masculine norms and other life factors in the suicidality of older men. Thirty-three men aged 80 years or more took part in a semistructured focus group or interview, and/or completed a survey. Participants were asked about the issues facing older men, well-being and aging, physical health challenges, social support, mental health and help-seeking, and suicide and suicide prevention. Five themes emerged: "finding out we're not invincible," "active and tough," "strong silen..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was funded by The Ageing Hallmark Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne.