Abstract—Suicide among the young is an acute world wide issue, and it has become an epidemic in Asia where high suicide rates in several highly populated countries have accounted for the greater part of the world’s suicides. Anomic suicide has been used in describing Malaysia’s suicide where less regulation is perceived by the youths in current fast changing society. This study aims to investigate young people’s perspectives about death – to discover from them the possible factors giving rise to high incidences of suicide among teenagers and young adults and to possibly explain the suicidal situation in Malaysia. Two hundred and seventy youths aged 15 – 24 from various schools, colleges and hospitals in Peninsular Malaysia were recruited for this study. SPSS was used to analyze the statistic figures for frequency count and Chi-square test for independence was conducted. The findings show that youngster mostly sought help from their friends. The possible main factors for suicide revealed by the participants were: Coping with boy-girl relationships, family issues and stress from school work. A high percentage of participants indicated life was self-determined, and this revealed the changing values among the teenagers that might have contributed to the high suicide rate. Suicidal situation in Malaysia is therefore more social related. Being able to be integrated into the immediate context and society for youths is thus needed, rather than just lacking of social regulation.
—Anomie and egoistic suicide, factors in youth suicide.
Authors are with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Cite: Jin Kuan Kok and Lee Ying Goh, "Anomic or Egoistic Suicide: Suicide Factors among Malaysian Youths," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity
vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 47-51, 2012.