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Type Journal Article - Transcultural Psychiatry
Title Men in Despair: A Qualitative Psychological Autopsy Study of Suicide in Northern Uganda
Volume 49
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 696-717
URL http://saludesa.org.ec/biblioteca/SALUD MENTAL/SUICIDIO_EN_UGANDA_CASO.pdf
The psychosocial circumstances surrounding men’s suicide in postconflict Central Northern Uganda were investigated using qualitative psychological autopsy interviews. Records of 17 men who died by suicide were identified through police and local leaders in Internally Displaced Peoples’ camps of Amuru and Gulu Districts. Two to five significant others were interviewed around each case. Data were analyzed by interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Lost dignity and social value, lack of hope for the family’s future, overwhelming family responsibility, and mental illness were circumstances found to have preceded the suicides. The protracted war in the Northern region of Uganda left men in rural communities feeling disempowered and disenfranchised. This may have contributed to suicidal behavior in some of them. Suicide prevention in this area needs to be multidisciplinary with an emphasis on helping both men and women understand and deal with the many social changes that have evolved over time and affected their traditional roles and responsibilities.

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