Picturing Intersectionality in Men’s Suicidality Research

A Photovoice Case Study of Gay and Bisexual Men

Authored by: Olivier Ferlatte , John L. Oliffe

Men’s Health Equity

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138052963
eBook ISBN: 9781315167428
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315167428-33

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Abstract

Suicide is a major health issue with over 800,000 people worldwide dying by suicide each year and many more attempting and struggling with suicidality (i.e., suicide ideations, attempts, and plans; World Health Organization [WHO], 2014). Within this context, most casualties are men, particularly in Western countries (WHO, 2014). Therefore, male suicide is increasingly understood as a complex, gendered health and social problem wherein masculinities are central, both in terms of norms and ideals as well as power differentials (Oliffe & Phillips, 2008). This framing has led to a call for the development of male-specific suicide prevention interventions that address masculinity and, more specifically, men’s contextual alignments to masculine ideals and norms (Oliffe, Ogrodniczuk, Bottorff, Johnson, & Hoyak, 2012).

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