International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION) Vol. 5(1), pp. 29 - 34
DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2017.050104
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Students Suicides in Institutions of Higher Education in India: Risk Factors and Interventions


Vinita Pandey *
Department of Sociology, Nizam College, Osmania University, India

ABSTRACT

Suicides and attempts to suicide are no longer rare occurrences; we come across such incidents more often, the reasons may vary the end result remains the same. Though suicides have become common they are definitely not trivial and have considerable consequences. Suicides are not confined to a particular group or community though the analysis of causes suggests different reasons. Suicides among students of institutions of higher education in India is receiving considerable attention by the academicians, educators, government, community workers, social activists and various academic and legal bodies including University Grants Commission (UGC-the apex body of higher education in India), High Courts of different states in India and also Supreme Court of India. It is extremely important to understand why do students commit suicide? Several explanations can be found in theories of suicides including that of Emile Durkheim (1897), Patricia Hill Collins (1989), interactionist approach of Jack-Douglas (1967) and Ethnomethodological approach as suggested by Max Atkinson (1977) offer explanations to understand the crisis. Though suicides are not confined merely to student communities, it is definitely influenced by the complex socio-economic, cultural and psychological environment and milieu prevailing in institutions of higher education which propels the extreme step of ending one's life. The paper endeavors to understand the complex risk factors and interventions to minimize the risk. For the purpose of this paper students and youth is being used interchangeably though youth is a much broader demographic group.

KEYWORDS
Suicides, Higher Education, Caste, Ragging

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Vinita Pandey , "Students Suicides in Institutions of Higher Education in India: Risk Factors and Interventions," International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 29 - 34, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2017.050104.

(b). APA Format:
Vinita Pandey (2017). Students Suicides in Institutions of Higher Education in India: Risk Factors and Interventions. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice(CEASE PUBLICATION), 5(1), 29 - 34. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2017.050104.