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The Association of Social Capital and Self-Harm in Rural Sri Lanka

2015 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $104,000
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Melissa Pearson, B.S.W., Ph.D.

Melissa Pearson, B.S.W., Ph.D.
University of Edinburgh

Mentor: Michael Eddleston, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

Inside the Research

Question: Does household and community trust and connection relate to suicide rates?

Strategy: Map the incidence of self harm across 180 villages in Sri Lanka and perform an ecological analysis to determine the association of self harm with social capital (trust and connectedness in the community).

Impact: Public health suicide prevention initiatives.