Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 2039–2052 | Cite as

Influence of Religion on Attitude Towards Suicide: An Indian Perspective

  • Rohini Thimmaiah
  • Vijayalakshmi Poreddi
  • Rajalakshmi Ramu
  • Sugavana Selvi
  • Suresh Bada Math
Original Paper


This cross-sectional survey was aimed to compare attitudes towards suicide and suicidal behaviour among randomly selected sample (N = 172) belonged to Hindu and Muslim religions. Data were collected through face-to-face interview. Hindus differed from Muslims regarding suicidal attempts among family (χ 2 = 12.356, p < .002) and community members (χ 2 = 20.425, p < .000). Our study also showed that suicidal behaviours were comparatively low among Muslim participants than Hindus. Further, Muslims hold more negative attitudes towards suicide than Hindus. An enhanced understanding of attitudes towards suicide among general population may be crucial to plan educational, intervention and prevention programs.


Attitudes Hindu Muslim Suicide Urban community 



Researchers heartfully acknowledge the participants for their valuable contribution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohini Thimmaiah
    • 1
  • Vijayalakshmi Poreddi
    • 2
  • Rajalakshmi Ramu
    • 3
  • Sugavana Selvi
    • 3
  • Suresh Bada Math
    • 4
  1. 1.Toowoomba Base HospitalToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Nursing, College of NursingNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Institute of National ImportanceBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.College of NursingBangalore India
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Institute of National ImportanceBangaloreIndia

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