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Self-Harm and Suicide in Women in India (GCRF)

Project Description

Suicide rates in India are among the highest in the world, and suicide presents far-reaching social, emotional and economic consequences for families, communities and society as a whole. Much of the published literature on self-harm and suicide relates to high income countries (HICs). To effect change we need to better understand suicide and self-harm within the cultural, political and socio-economic context of individual countries.

The rates, aetiology and methods of self-harm and suicide differ between low and middle income countries (LMICs) and HICs. The ratio between women and men who die by suicide in LMICs including India, is much lower than in HICs , where marriage is considered to be a protective factor for women in HICs, it is less so for women in India, and self-immolation and the consumption of pesticides are far more commonly used methods in LMICs including India, than in HICs.

The proposed PhD project will involve taking a mixed methods approach to the investigation of self-harm and suicide in women in India. An analysis of a subset of the South Asia Self Harm Initiative (SASHI) self-harm register data will be performed in order to investigate female self-harm and suicide in India. The SASHI self-harm register aims to collect longitudinal demographic, social and psychological data about people who harm themselves in South Asia. In addition to this, qualitative research concerning the experiences, attitudes and knowledge of key stakeholders (e.g. women who have self-harmed, accredited social health activists (ASHA workers), healthcare practitioners) will be conducted. The aim of the proposed project is to inform the understanding of female self-harm and suicide in the particular cultural, political and socio-economic context of India.

Entry Requirements
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area / subject.

If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Primary Care and Health Services Research. Full details on how to apply can be found on the GCRF website

Funding Notes

The GCRF PhD studentship programme is a 4 year programme with integrated teaching certificate. There are up to 12 studentships available. Applicants can apply to one project which will start in either April or September 2020.

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance.

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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