Life Experience following Suicide Attempt among Middle-aged Men

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2016 Apr;46(2):215-225. Korean.
Published online April 29, 2016.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2016.46.2.215

PurposeThis study was performed to identify the meaning of life experience following suicide attempt among middle-aged men.

MethodsA qualitative research design was adopted using van Manen’s hermeneutic phenomenological approach. The participants were six middle-aged men who had attempted suicide at least one time. Data were collected in 2013 through in-depth interviews. Individual interviews were recorded; and literary, art works and phenomenological literature were searched to identify the meaning of the experience.

ResultsThe five essential themes of the life experience of middle-aged men who attempted suicide were ‘Bitter reality confronted again’, ‘Anger buried deep inside’, ‘Broken family, inescapable fetters’, ‘Blocked relationships, closed world’ and ‘A step towards a new life’.

ConclusionThe meaning of lived experience found in this study provides deep insight into the experience following suicide attempt in middle-aged men and crucial information to give directions to appropriate support and nursing interventions.

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