Young men's experiences of living with substance abuse and suicidal behaviour: Between death as an escape from pain and the hope of a life
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 2, no 4, 246-259 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to illuminate the experiences of suicidal behaviour in young Norwegian men with long-term substance abuse and to interpret their narratives with regard to meaning. Data were collected using open-ended, in-depth interviews. A phenomenological hermeneutic approach, inspired by the philosophy of Ricoeur, was used to analyse the data. The naïve reading involved awareness of the perceived sense of pain and hope in the participants. In the structural analysis, three themes were identified: (1) the meaning of relating, (2) the meaning of reflecting and (3) the meaning of acting. A comprehensive understanding of data indicated that the meaning of living with suicidal behaviour could be understood as a movement between different positions of wanting death as an escape from pain and hope for a better life. Our conclusion is that suicidal behaviour in men with substance abuse is a communicative activity about the individual's lived experience of pain and hope. How the participants experienced and constructed masculinity influenced the suicidal behaviour. To reduce pain and create hope by being seen and confirmed in social relationships, and being helped to verbalize existential thoughts and openly discuss possible solutions, are of importance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 2, no 4, 246-259 p.
Public health, substance abuse, suicidal behaviour, men, hermeneutics
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3648DOI: 10.1080/17482620701547008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3648DiVA: diva2:785162