Adolescents' attitudes toward suicide, and a suicidal peer: a comparison between Swedish and Turkish high school students

Scand J Psychol. 1995 Jun;36(2):201-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.1995.tb00979.x.


The present paper first presents the attitudes toward suicide and a suicidal classmate among 98 female and 69 male (N = 167) Swedish high school students. Secondly, the Swedish sample was compared with 167 (89 female and 78 male) Turkish high school students from a previous study. Among Swedish students, more males than females said that people have the right to commit suicide and suicide can be a solution to some problems. More females than males expressed a belief in life after death. Swedish adolescents were found to be holding more liberal attitudes toward suicide than Turkish adolescents. However, Turkish adolescents showed greater acceptance for a suicidal peer than Swedish adolescents. The results are discussed in terms of socio-cultural factors and related literature. The need for educational programs to provide basic knowledge about suicide and, effective ways of dealing with and helping suicidal peers is implicated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Death*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group*
  • Social Values
  • Students / psychology*
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Sweden
  • Turkey