Suicide from the perspectives of older men who experience depression: a gender analysis

Oliffe, John L., Han, Christina S. E., Ogrodniczuk, John S., Phillips, J. Craig and Roy, Philippe (2011) Suicide from the perspectives of older men who experience depression: a gender analysis. American Journal of Men's Health, 5 5: 444-454. doi:10.1177/1557988311408410


Author Oliffe, John L.
Han, Christina S. E.
Ogrodniczuk, John S.
Phillips, J. Craig
Roy, Philippe
Title Suicide from the perspectives of older men who experience depression: a gender analysis
Journal name American Journal of Men's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-9883
1557-9891
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1557988311408410
Open Access Status
Volume 5
Issue 5
Start page 444
End page 454
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract Depression can be a pathway to older men's suicide, yet the mechanisms by which this can occur are poorly understood. A qualitative study of 22 older men who self-identified or were formally diagnosed with depression was conducted to describe the connections between masculinity, depression, and suicide. Analyses of individual interviews revealed that cumulative losses around social bonds were central to older men's depression, apathy for living, and thoughts about suicide. Prominent were men's self-assessments of failing to fulfill breadwinner roles, judgments that led participants to ruminate on their shortcomings amid recognizing their older age as limiting opportunities for redemption. Stigma featured as a barrier for men acting on their suicidal thoughts, and guilt about the pain their suicide would evoke on family and friends was a strong deterrent for men's self-harm. Overall, participants' alignment to masculine ideals influenced both the connectedness and detachment between older men's depression and suicide.
Keyword Depression
Masculinity
Older men
Suicide
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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