Preserving losing identity: Disclose the story about adolescents’ suicidality
- Presented by: Yuliya Bayramova
- Synopsis: Current study concerns about the role of suicidal narratives in adolescents' lived world and intentional stance toward challenges of life. The substance and ambiance of one’s live world that could be end in suicide have been shown. The process of telling and listening stories about death and life in intimate and safe surrounding was suggested as a vital force, which is connecting humans and broaden coping perspectives.
Modern world with its apogeum in the pandemic of COVID-19 challenged already fragile humans’ integrity and the coherence of physical, social, personal and spiritual modes of human existence. We all inevitably had to face extreme uncertainty, nothingness and finitality. Pandemic appeared as a manifestation of “world out of balance”. Thereby human identity is akin reality around - sense of danger transposes in sense of dread and ignites striving for meaning and commitment.
Do we continue to follow the discourse of epidemic as it claims Singer (1993) (not only as a health threatened epidemic, but also teenage sex, child and woman abuse, crime)? And perhaps suicide? If we see ‘Otherness’ as threatening and ‘external agents’ (such as biomedicine, government systems) as out of control we try to find support in our latest retreat - our body. On the other hand, now we are closer than anytime earlier to the matter of death. Phenomenon of “spectacular death” in modern society de-taboos public consideration about death and opens opportunity to speak about, but at the same time it seems to diminish dignity of one’s private life and to sting the intimacy of experience (Jacobsen, 2016). “Forbidden death” is being reinvented in a spectacular and media dimension with a taste of entertainment.
Who would be more vulnerable to this? What would it be like for youngsters to face conflicts, restrictions and life challenges? What would it be like to be overflowed with suicide news in media? Current study is initial little step to shed a light on adolescents' stance toward life conflicts, meaning, relationships and suicide as a last commitment in preserving the identity. Conflict has been posed as a situation that includes multiple routes. The way we express our capability to confront tension of conflict forces (especially life and death, being and nothingness) create our reality. On the one hand, talking about suicide and mortality provoke huge resistance and has been tabooed because it could consolidate suicidal narrative as a normative familiar phenomenon in community. On the other hand, telling stories of a death could pervade our life with strength and vital flavour. Specific accents have been stressed in this study: (1) the development stage (adolescence) and (2) the socio-cultural background (on macrolevel: a traversal between alien implementations of western innovations and grounded traditional values of Azerbaijanis; on microlevel: a different social situation of Azerbaijani and Russian speaking adolescents). The methodology of the study based on constructive narrative approach and classical content-analysis of discussion in focus-groups (2 groups per 11 pupils were conducted). Results were discussed in terms of adolescents' vision of life difficulties and coping with them. The substance and ambiance of one’s live world that could be end in suicide have been shown. The attitudes of adolescents with different social background towards suicide have been proposed.