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A qualitative sociological autopsy study of gendered suicide. Jonathan Scourfield Cardiff School of Social Sciences. Research aims. Substantive aims: To advance social scientific understandings of the gendered social contexts of suicide.

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A qualitative sociological autopsy study of gendered suicide

A qualitative sociological autopsy study of gendered suicide

Jonathan Scourfield

Cardiff School of Social Sciences


Research aims
Research aims

Substantive aims:

  • To advance social scientific understandings of the gendered social contexts of suicide.

  • To explore the contribution of qualitative research for exploring the social contexts of suicidal lives.


Methodological aims:

  • To develop methods for combining diverse kinds of qualitative evidence in an understanding of suicide

  • To engage academics and policy makers, more familiar with working with quantitative evidence, in the application and understanding of qualitative data.


Multi modal data on individual suicides
Multi-modal data on individual suicides

  • Coroners’ files on 100 cases, from a district which includes a medium-sized city, a small industrial town and a rural area

  • Six in-depth cases: interviews with relatives, friends and professionals

  • Media accounts


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