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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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AZEVEDO, Ana Karina Silva  and  DUTRA, Elza Maria do Socorro. Love-based relationhip and suicide attempt in adolescence: a matter of (un)love. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.1, pp. 20-29. ISSN 1809-6867.

This research objective was to understand how adolescents who have attempted suicide because of love-related reasons have gone through this experience. The theoretical reference for the research was the construct 'self', according to Carl Rogers. The methodological strategy was inspired by the existential-humistic strategy. It used the narrative as a research instrument, inspired by the work of Walter Benjamim (1994). The study detected, among the adolescents who were interviewed, the existence of impulsiveness related to the suicide attempt. Also, the majority of the interviewees came from family who had lost of one of their parents or had to face their parents divorce. The suicide was attempted by these youngsters through the ingestion of medicines. The research also revealed that the youngsters had regretted attempting suicide and felt guilty about it. With regards to their self-evaluation, the author observed that the youngsters had low self-esteem, negative perceptions about themselves and distorted views of themselves. These findings helped the author to reflect on the close relationship between the construct 'self' and the suicide attempt. This study contributed to the analysis and reflection on the factors that contribute to suicide attempts.

Keywords : Love; Adolescence; Suicide attempt; Humanistic research.

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