Psychosocial aspects of attempted suicide : the case of Cyprus.
The thesis reports on a series of studies on attempted suicide conducted III
Limassol, Cyprus, over a 5-year period.
The introductory chapters review the international and Greek literature on suicide
attempt, describe the cultural and social context of the research and report on a
study of committed suicide in Cyprus.
The first suicide attempt study is based on an analysis of the clinical records of
172 cases seen at Limassol Hospital. A prospective study, designed to allow the
collection of both quantitative and qualitative data, from 101 cases of suicide
attempt, all seen by the author, is then presented. In-depth interviews and clinical
assessment explored the demographic aspects and the circumstances of suicide
attempt, as well as the motives behind the act and its outcome. An explanatory
synthesis was developed for sub-groups in terms of individual social-cognitive
factors and family relational factors. Qualitative analysis of the interviews, using
a grounded theory approach, provided supporting evidence for the proposed
The third study begins with a review of the literature on attachment theory,
attribution theory and the circumplex model of family relations. Hypotheses
generated following the analysis of the second study are then explored using
interviews and clinical assessment with 15 adolescent female suicide attempt
subjects. A final synthesis based on all three studies is presented.