The Study Of Suicide SCLY4

The study of suicide.

Includes: Durkheim, Taylor, Douglas, Atkinson, Role of the Coroner etc... :) 

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Durkheim was a positivist who used the comparative method (comparing
suicide rates across different European countries).
The suicide rate is the number of people who kill themselves in a
particular society, or in a group within society, in a given period of time.
Suicide rates within each country were constant over a number of years
e.g. Germany & Denmark had high rates and Italy, Ireland and Belgium
had lower rates.
Durkheim's analysis of official statistics revealed:
A higher rate of suicide amongst Protestants than Catholics and Jews.
Suicide rates fell at times of economic prosperity and during wars.
The more educated you are, the more likely you are to commit suicide.
Religion is important than education though as Jews are highly educated
but have a low rate of suicide.

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Durkheim thought it was essential to get the right amount of regulation and
integration in society to control suicide rates and came up with 4 types of
suicide:…read more

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Like Durkheim, he argues sociologists should look for `underlying and casual
processes' which lie behind suicide.
Like Douglas, he agrees with the use of case studies and individual cases
must be examined.
Taylor attended inquests in coroner's courts in order to discover how in 32
cases, 17 resulted in verdicts of suicide.…read more

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Ditsy Ninjaa

Good source of revision, visual too! :)

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