This 11 page paper is a research proposal for a study into why there is a high suicide rate among university students in China. The paper outlines three hypothesis, undertakes a literature review, considers the ethical implications and develops a methodology. The bibliography cites 10 sources.
other countries. The suicides occur across also classes and genders, however they are not evenly spread. The research that has taken place has been limited in terms of scope and
scale one area that has received little, if any attention, has been that of the suicide rate in students. There is observational evidence that suicide tends to be higher in
this group of people than the population as a whole, but empirical evidence to support this is weak. The phenomena itself is factual, and anyone with a personal experience of
this type of suicide will confirm the level of devastation and perceived waste it creates. Suicide at this stage in life is one which cuts short a potentially valuable career.
The knock on effect is not only felt by the immediate family, but in felt by students, possibly creating copycat suicides and also by the university as a whole. This
creates a loss in terms of the student who has committed suicide, but also in the negative impact is has on all those who were in the social circles or
the same university. With the acknowledgement of the phenomena the value that can be gained form a study is to look
at the reasons why the suicide rate is so high in Chinese university students. It is only with the understanding of the situation and the causes that solution maybe sought
and then applied by the universities. By using the results the study should have some practical applications, identifying ways in which suicides may be reduced by reducing the causal factors,
or where causal factors may not be eliminated or reduced then increasing the support facilities that may aid coping mechanism to prevent the student taking that action.