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Suicide: Males vs Females Essay

Custom Student Mr. Teacher ENG 1001-04 11 February 2017

Suicide: Males vs Females

In a recent study a group wanted to figure out “which gender was more successful in committing suicide and which had more attempts.” The group believed that males would be more likely to commit suicide and women would attempt more without success. In order to collect data that was specifically dealing with suicide rates and attempts, the group decided that a survey would be the best form from a wide variety of audiences. The group would also be able to tap into people’s experience and way of thinking about suicide. The Group surveyed both males and females from the Morgan County area. Nine questions were given to the individuals; questions were kept short, simple, and at an appropriate manner in which the individual wouldn’t feel unsettled by answering any questions. Thirty males and thirty females were surveyed and asked the following questions:

1.Gender 2.Age 3.current stress level 4.How often does suicide cross your mind? 5.Do you believe thinking about suicide is normal? 6.Have you ever tried to commit suicide? 7. If you attempted suicide, what caused you to do so? 8.Do you know of any-one who has committed suicide? If yes what was their gender? 9.If you knew someone who committed suicide, why did they do it?

After we collected a total of sixty surveys the group tallied up the results from all nine questions. Females who took the survey ranged between fourteen and sixty-one and males ranged between the ages of sixteen to fifty-eight. When asked about current stress levels males showed to be less stressed compared to women; Men also showed that suicide crosses their mnd more often than women on a weekly basis.

The group also asked if the thought of suicide was normal. Almost half of the males think suicidal thoughts are normal as opposed to women who think otherwise. When asked if any of the individuals tried to commit suicide, almost half of the men replied they have at least tried it once; while women have no more than five suicidal attempts out of all thirty surveys. The results from the data disprove the groups’ hypotheses that women attempt more suicide while men are more successful in committing the act. From the data the group collected from the surveys they believed that men have more suicidal thoughts, attempt suicide, and commit suicide more often than the females.

Introduction Men and women are both victims in suicide. Some ways are more violent than others. According to “Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention” use of firearms have men at fifty-six percent and women at thirty percent. Suffocation was recorded at twenty-four percent for males and twenty-one percent for females. Poisoning was thirteen percent male and topped the charts for women at forty percent. As a whole suicide was the seventh leading cause of death for men. As for women it was the fifteenth leading cause of death in 2007.

There were just about four times as many male as there were female that committed suicide. In 2010 a study by “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” recorded that out of both genders males were at a staggering high of seventy-nine percent and women were just at twenty-one percent. With those percentages there were 30,277 males with a rate of 19.8 that committed suicide. The females were at 8,087 with a rate of 5.0 that committed suicide. According to the “Australian Bureau of Statistics” suicide rates for males are higher than those of females, but more women than men attempt suicide. The ratio of male to female suicides rose from 2:1 in the 1960s to over 4:1 in the mid-1990s. In recent years, the suicide rate for males has reduced slightly to 3.3 times that of females in 2008, and is consistent across most age groups.

Method Each group member was assigned to hand out surveys. These were to be distributed among Morgan County residents. Each survey had nine questions on them. The questions stated were: age? Gender? Current stress level? How often does suicide cross your mind? Do you believe thinking about suicide is normal? Have you ever tried to commit suicide? If you attempted suicide, what caused you to do so? Do you know of any-one who has committed suicide? If yes what was their gender? If you knew someone who committed suicide, why did they do it? After everyone had their surveys completed the group went through and analyzed the data to better understand if the hypothesis was answered.

Results With men the group found that on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being no stress and 10 being completely stressed, men’s stress level falls very evenly in the 3 to 5 range. Out of 30 men 9 of them think of suicide once a week, 2 think if suicide three times a week, 2 think of suicide four or more times a week, while the remaining 17 never think of suicide. The group also found that 17 of the 30 men don’t believe thinking about suicide is normal behavior. 15 out of the 30 males have never attempted suicide, while 6 had attempted once, 4 had attempted twice, and 1 male claimed to have attempted suicide three times.

According to the groups’ survey 11 of the 30 men had attempted suicide. The reasons for attempting suicide (from post popular to least) are stress, loneness, loss of a loved one, and 1 unmentioned reason. When the group surveyed the women they found that on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being no stress and 10 being completely stressed, women’s stress was spread closer to the 8-10 range. Out of the 30 females 6 of them think about suicide once a week, 1 thinks about suicide twice a week, 1 thinks about suicide three times a week, while 22 never think about suicide. 26 of the 30 woman don’t believe thinking about suicide is normal behavior.

Of the 30 women surveyed 21 of them have never attempted suicide, 6 have attempted once, and 3 have attempted twice. The 9 woman who attempted suicide claimed that the reasons were (from most popular to least), unmentioned reasons, stress, bullied, loss of a loved one, and loneness. The group also asked the 60 people if they had ever known anyone who attempted suicide, if so their gender and reason for doing so. They found that from our 60 people, they knew of 39 males and 23 females who had committed suicide. The reasons ranged from the most popular to least, loss of a loved one(12), stress(11), bullied(11), loneness(11), loss of a job(1), and 20 unmentioned reasons

Discussion After analyzing the data the group collected they concluded that the results did not support their hypotheses. The men attempted and succeeded more often when attempting suicide. The females did not succeed or attempt as many times as the males. In order to better the groups’ research they need to ask more in depth questions. They also need to gear the questions towards both genders and keep the questions more on task with the hypothesis.

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