Suicide a Social Phenomenon

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Suicide a Social Phenomenon

Renita McBath

Sociology 100

University of Phoenix

Dr. Leslie Brougham

May 13, 2010

Suicide a Social Phenomenon

Suicide has quickly become a social phenomenon. As much as this is hidden from news reports and other public media, this phenomenon is a reality. Here are a few startling statistics from 2005: Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death for all Americans; Homicide ranks 13th. More people die from suicide than from homicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 year olds (1st = accidents, 2nd = homicide). Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 25-34 year olds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college
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It is believed that certain genetics are associated to certain phenotypes, like impulse and aggression that could lead to suicidal thoughts. Regarding gaining information for the topic this gives credence to the source.

Research Method

Now that it has been established how these particular professionals could be beneficial to research, the methods have to be established. A possible method could be to develop a focus group catered to each profession individually. Discussion questions would be the same for each group. This data could then be collected and analyzed. Charts could be made to view the differences between the groups.

Further interviews of professionals could be conducted for more one on one research. They may be able to share their research or relevant documents to justify the research. They may also agree to allow shadowing for the day and have a researcher join them to view the dynamics of their work and gather additional information not given in the interview or focus group.


Although this has become a social phenomenon, there are crucial steps and researches being conducted to better understand the reasoning associated to this behavior. Therapists, doctors, scientists and families are on the forefront of this epidemic and are determined to understand and better help society to experience a healing and change. Life is precious and
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