Factors influencing the decision to use hanging as a method of suicide: qualitative study

  title={Factors influencing the decision to use hanging as a method of suicide: qualitative study},
  author={Lucy Biddle and Jenny L. Donovan and Amanda Owen-Smith and John P. Potokar and Damien Longson and Keith Hawton and Navneet Kapur and David Gunnell},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={320 - 325}
Background Hanging is the most frequently used method of suicide in the UK and has high case fatality (>70%). Aims To explore factors influencing the decision to use hanging. Method Semi-structured qualitative interviews with 12 men and 10 women who had survived a near-fatal suicide attempt. Eight respondents had attempted hanging. Data were analysed thematically and with constant comparison. Results Hanging was adopted or contemplated for two main reasons: the anticipated nature of a death… 

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