Tarun Mene






Almost four decades back, Ginsburg (1971:200) observed only one reference out of 3,469 indexed as dealing with attitude towards suicide in the Bibliography on Suicide and Suicide Prevention by Farberow (1969). In Indian context, research in understanding attitude towards suicide is hardly being done. This exploratory study presents new information on the occurrence and patterns of thoughts of death and suicide in a community sample of the Idu Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, India.


The study followed convenience sampling method by administering Attitude Towards Suicide (ATTS) questionnaire. The sampling survey was carried out during the month of February 2011. The study is based on 82 samples inhabiting the Roing and the Anini Township, the district headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The respondents included from the cross section of the Idu Mishmi community.

Results and Conclusions

The study found there is a wide range of perceptions regarding suicide and death, thoughts of dying, etc. The results indicate a strong prevalence of suicidal behaviours, suicidal ideations and thoughts, previous suicidal attempts, etc. amongst the samples studied. Thus, the study anticipates for an in-depth study to understand the suicidal phenomenology among the Idu Mishmi community who are negotiating for years with the complexities of life and death for various reasons. 

Key words: Idu Mishmi, Attitude, Death, Suicide


Idu Mishmi, Attitude, Death, Suicide

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