Intergenerational conflicts, cultural restraints and suicide: Experiences of young African people in Adelaide, South Australia

Lillian Mwanri, Eunice Okyere, Mariastella Pulvirenti

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    Abstract

    This study aimed to explore determinants of increased suicide deaths among African youth in South Australia. The paper reports on the intersectionality between intergenerational conflicts and fatal suicides in the target population. The study employed a qualitative inquiry approach, studying 31 young people in the African community in Adelaide. Intergenerational conflicts were identified as pervasive, with negative implications for the affected individuals, their families, and the entire African community. These led to turmoil in the community, youth isolation, reduced social interactions, stress and fatal suicides. Intergenerational conflicts and the increased number of suicide deaths were identified as a significant, emerging public health issue within the African community in South Australia. A need to re-orient resources to develop and implement programs to address mental health problems and provide high quality, informed and culturally responsive services that support the community were identified as a priority.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)479-484
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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