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“It was like nobody cared about what I said?” Iranian women committed self-immolation: A qualitative study

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posted on 16.02.2022, 00:47 authored by Nader Aghakhani, Violeta LopezVioleta Lopez, Naser Parizad, Rahim Baghaei
Background: Suicide-attempts have increased across the world and have become higher among females. There has been a high prevalence of self-immolation in Iran, mostly young married women admitted to the burn centers. This study aimed to explore the factors and experiences of self-immolation in Iranian married women to develop prevention strategies to prevent the personal, social, and economic impacts of suicide and suicide attempts. Methods: A qualitative descriptive approach using open-ended, in-depth, face-to-face interviews was conducted in a purposive sample of 16 married Iranian women aged 16–40 years in the burn centers in Urmia city, a place in northwest Iran. Conventional content analysis was used to analyze the data. Results: Three themes emerged from the data, including (1) antecedents of self-immolation, (2) suicidal ideation method, and (3) pathway to recovery. Each of these themes is supported by sub-themes. Conclusions: The study highlights the demand for health professionals to support self-immolation survivors to continue their normal lives. According to survivors’ needs, a comprehensive supportive program is recommended to support their pathways to recovery in all its complexities. Health professionals should also not forget that the survivors’ family also will need help to overcome this trauma. A family counseling program may also be provided.

History

Volume

21

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

7

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1472-6874

ISSN

1472-6874

Publisher

BioMed Central

Publisher License

CC BY

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

11/02/2021

External Author Affiliations

Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Electronic

Journal

BMC Women's Health

Article Number

75