Socio-Economic and Cultural Assessment of Suicide among Female Youth- A Study in Ghizer District, Gilgit- Baltistan
Author: Muhammad Rahim Shah

The prevalence of suicide around the world has conventionally been attributed to, and associated with, the traditional risk factors; like gender, alcohol/substance abuse, psychological illness and depression. While this explanation may have some merits, in contemporary times it certainly is inadequate as the existing researches, both in the context of locale and other rural regions of the country have emphasized on a need for socio—economic and cultural specific research on this important public issue. This research has tended to study the alarmingly high rate of suicide among female youth of Ghizer district of the Gilgit-Baltistan from a social-economic and cultural perspective. The causes and the risk factors of the suicide, as it turns out, are deeply embedded in the socio-economic and cultural patterns of once a tribal society and contemporarily on a transition phase. The external factors; like, education, change in gender roles, influx of tourist, media, cellular phones and other means of communication, have suddenly disturbed the traditional and cultural homeostasis the society has been habituated to for centuries. The prevalence of suicide among young females in the locale is one of the major outcomes of the socio—economic and cultural practices and patterns, which appeal to the elderly in the society, in the age where young and educated people aspire for reforms in traditional practices and aim at accommodating contemporary lifestyle. Supervisor:- Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Co-Supervised:- Dr. Junaid Alam Memon

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Supervisor: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro
Cosupervisor: Junaid Alam Memon

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