Australian Rotary Health Research Fund. International symposium. Canberra (AUS), 1992/11.
Trends in suicide, mental disorders, drug abuse and crime suggest western industrial societies are becoming increasingly harmful to psychological and social well-being.
These trends are usually explained in personal, social and economic terms; problems in personal relationships, poverty, family conflict and breakdown, unemployment, homelessness, education pressures and demographic changes.
The contribution of the culture of western societies to our worsening predicament, most evident among our youth, may be seriously under-estimated because it is more difficult to assess.
Yet modern western culture arguably fails to meet the most fundamental requirements of any culture: to provide a sense of belonging and purpose, and so a sense of meaning and self-worth, and a moral framework to guide our conduct.
Mots-clés Pascal : Adolescent, Homme, Aspect culturel, Facteur risque, Suicide, Australie, Océanie, Enquête socioéconomique, Aspect philosophique, Bien être psychologique, Tentative suicide, Environnement socioculturel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Adolescent, Human, Cultural aspect, Risk factor, Suicide, Australia, Oceania, Socioeconomical inquiry, Philosophical aspect, Psychological well being, Suicide attempt, Sociocultural environment
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