Abstract—This study aims to investigate young people’s attitudes towards death and to discover from them the causes for high incidences of suicide among teenagers. A non-probability sampling and a mix method of survey were used. A total of 270 youths aged 15 – 24 from various schools, colleges and hospitals in West Malaysia participated in this study. SPSS was used to analyze the statistic figure for frequency count, Chi-square test for independence was conducted. The findings reveal that young people are open for discussion on the topic of death with their friends and family members. The main factors for suicide were uncovered. More male participants than female participants indicated relationships with the opposite sex as a contributing factor to the suicide problem. Statistically ethnicity was shown to be an important factor. More Chinese students mentioned school work as a cause for suicide than non-Chinese students. The perspectives of young people on the sources of stress for suicide were compared across different family types, namely blended, nuclear and single parent families.
Index Terms—Counselling youth, youths perspective on death, suicide, causes for suicide, factors in youth suicide.
Jin Kuan Kok, Chin Chin Gan, Lee Ying Goh is Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Kampar, Malaysia.
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Cite: Jin Kuan Kok, Chin Chin Gan, and Lee Ying Goh, "Youths talk about Death: Causes for suicide," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 145-149, 2011.