Stališča mladostnikov do samomorilnosti: sprejemljivost kor rizični dejavnik samomora
Throughout history, the social convictions and norms have influenced the recognition andpresence of suicidal behaviour in different ways. However, previous research findings regarding theconnection between suicidal behaviour and attitudes towards suicide have not arrived at a clear conclusion.The present research explores adolescents' attitudes toward suicide. The aim was to examine the relationbetween the permissive attitude toward suicide on one side and certain suicide risk factors and satisfaction in different domains of psychical functioning on the other side. Data was collected on 423 high schoolstudents in three Slovenian cities, chosen on the basis of different regional suicide rates, with an Attitudes towards Suicide Questionnaire ATTS, Psychological Well-Being Scales PWBS, and questions aboutsuicidal behaviour of adolescents and their surroundings. The results showed that the acceptance ofsuicide is proportional to the suicide rates of different regions. We concluded that permissive attitudestowards suicide could potentially lead to the increased risk of suicidal behaviour. Furthermore, theacceptance of suicide was, inter alia, significantly positively related to the self-reported probability ofcommitting suicide, the presence of suicidal behaviour of the adolescent and his/her friends or otherpeople he/she knows, while the connection with the subjective life satisfaction was negative. Consideringthe fact that there has been a trend of growing permissiveness towards suicide in society in the last fewdecades, the findings raise a question regarding the positive effects of such tolerance on suicide rates and support the justification of restrictive attitudes towards suicide as a protective factor of suicidal behaviour.