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Chin and Kim: Life Experience following Suicide Attempt among Middle-aged Men



This study was performed to identify the meaning of life experience following suicide attempt among middle-aged men.


A qualitative research design was adopted using van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenological approach. The participants were six middle-aged men who had attempted suicide at least one time. Data were collected in 2013 through in-depth interviews. Individual interviews were recorded; and literary, art works and phenomenological literature were searched to identify the meaning of the experience.


The five essential themes of the life experience of middle-aged men who attempted suicide were 'Bitter reality confronted again', 'Anger buried deep inside', 'Broken family, inescapable fetters', 'Blocked relationships, closed world' and 'A step towards a new life'.


The meaning of lived experience found in this study provides deep insight into the experience following suicide attempt in middle-aged men and crucial information to give directions to appropriate support and nursing interventions.

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Essential Themes of the Life Experience following Suicide Attempt among Middle-aged Men



This manuscript is based on a part of the first author's dissertation from Chonbuk National University.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST The authors declared no conflict of interest.


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