“The Walls Were Closing in, and We Were Trapped”: A Qualitative Analysis of Street Youth Suicide

“The Walls Were Closing in, and We Were Trapped”: A Qualitative Analysis of Street Youth Suicide

Semistructured interviews focusing on suicide were conducted with 80 street youth in agencies & on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, & Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Participants described their understandings of the phenomenon of suicide among street youth & the meanings suicide held for them. Qualitative analysis of the interviews revealed themes of worthlessness, loneliness, hopelessness, & most centrally the feeling of being "trapped" as forming the construct of suicide held by the participants. These idioms of distress were situated within the context of a street life that included social stigma & drug abuse. 2004 Tables, 48 References. [Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Inc., copyright 2004.]

JOURNAL: Youth & Society
VOLUME: 36
ISSUE: 1
PAGES: 30-55
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004
LOCATION: Ontario; Vancouver