liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Doing ‘being on the edge’: Managing the dilemma of being authentically suicidal in an online forum
Department of Psychology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
Department of Psychology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-0748
2009 (English)In: Sociology of Health and Illness, ISSN 0141-9889, E-ISSN 1467-9566, Vol. 31, no 2, p. 170-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Those who attempt suicide have often been described as ‘crying for help’, and there are implications if such cries are not taken seriously. This paper examines how users of an Internet forum for ‘suicidal thoughts’ work up their authenticity in their opening posts, and how these are responded to by fellow forum users. Data were taken from two Internet forums on suicide over a period of one month and were analysed using discursive psychology. The analysis demonstrates that participants display their authenticity through four practices: narrative formatting, going ‘beyond’ depression, displaying rationality and not explicitly asking for help. Furthermore, both initial and subsequent posts worked up identities as being psychologically ‘on the edge’ of life and death. The analysis suggests that the forum in part works as a site for suicidal identities to be tested out, authenticated and validated by individuals. We conclude with some suggestions for the supportive work of suicide ‘postvention’.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Vol. 31, no 2, p. 170-184
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152151DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01130.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-152151DiVA, id: diva2:1257145
Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2018-10-22Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Wiggins, Sally

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Wiggins, Sally
In the same journal
Sociology of Health and Illness
Psychology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 4 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf