Date: April 19, 2012
Creator: Gentry, Keni & Verrill, Diane
Description: This poster discusses research on suicide across time and culture. People would rather avoid suicide as a possibility, but with mass media and networking websites like Facebook and Twitter, suicide is seen quite often as an escape from mean words or circumstances. Many scholars have tackled the histories of cultures, including how suicide was viewed. For example, in Greece, acts of suicide were a type of martyrdom (Minois, 1999). In England, bodies were desecrated, dragged through the streets, and hung from the gallows like the person had committed murder (Minois, 1999). Today, we have systems that tell exact numbers and statistics as to who is killing themselves and where (Congdon, 1996; Nikolaidis, Zavras, Bonikos, & Kyriopoulos, 2004). What has not been broached, however, is if there is a correlation between societal negative or positive connotations of suicide and suicide rates. This research analyzes historical data to compare to the rate of suicide in recent times to observe a possible correlation. Survey data will be collected as to how a person's thought of suicide will affect the likelihood of that person killing him or herself.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College