Religious Beliefs along the Suicidal Path in Northern Taiwan.

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TitleReligious Beliefs along the Suicidal Path in Northern Taiwan.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFang, C. - K., Lu H. - C., Liu S. - I., & Sun Y. - W.
JournalOmega: Journal of Death & Dying
Pagination255 - 269

This study aimed to understand the current inclinations toward depression and compulsion for members of four different religious groups, and to predict religious beliefs along the suicide path through analyzing the lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts for members of these religious groups. Participants in this cross-sectional study, which adopted purposive sampling, were members of Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, and Taoism in northern Taiwan. In the case of suicide experiences, suicides among people one knows, and tendency toward compulsion and depression, there are statistical differences between the four religions. According to the results, some people with suicidal tendency will attend religious activities; therefore, we predict that religious beliefs play an important role in suicide prevention. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]