Near-Fatal Adolescent Suicide Attempt: A Phenomenological Study
- Author(s): Ma. Sherwin C. Alduheza and Cynthia S. Superable
- Social Studies
Paper ID: UIJRTV3I80003
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The increase in the cases of suicidal ideation among adolescents ages 15-19 years old is appalling, Factors associated with suicidal ideation among young people are depression, loneliness, sadness, and anxiety. This research looked into the lived experiences of school teenagers manifest suicide tendencies. The study used a qualitative approach using phenomenological design and used Moustaka’s transcendental phenomenology in analyzing and interpreting the data transcribed. The research was carried out in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, at selected secondary schools. To gather pertinent data and information, a researcher-made interview guide was used. There were six central themes developed in the study, namely: 1) suicide as a way to end emotional pain, 2) ending one’s life, 3) inflicting pain to oneself to free emotional suffering, 4) on second thoughts, 5) longing for someone to talk to, and 6) hoping for a change. The themes may imply that adolescents are careless in their decisions of thinking that to end life is a means to stop suffering. It is recommended that schools particularly the guidance office develop online activities to reach and help out students who manifest depression and suicidal ideation. It is also recommended for school to develop a help-seeking program using e-technology for adolescents with mental health problems.