Suicidal behavior can be reflected
in social perspective. Perception of invalidation creates a sense of loneliness
eventually leading to a greater risk of development of suicidal ideation. According
to Joiner’s interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide, shows that the sense
of not being accepted by the society along with the perceived capability for lethal
self-harm produces a desire for death. Thus, “lack of acceptance” or “sense of
invalidation” can be taken as a predictor of whether a person will try to harm
himself or even attempt suicide or not. Family and peers are the two major
categories that may lead a person thinking of him as inacceptable by the
society. In the Journal of Child and
Adolescent Psychopharmacology, it has been shown that 99
teens were admitted in a psychiatric facility for attempting suicide. And when
they were assessed it was found that most of them were aggravated by family or
peer ignorance. There was a higher ratio of boys who developed a high
perception of family invalidation and perception of peer invalidation was equally
likely in both genders. Perception of invalidation may come if one gets bullied
by his peers or if one is never appreciated by his family. Emotional
invalidation in the family environment occurs mostly by low family support or
family dysfunction. Positive family support can not only help one to grow mentally
but also to make healthier and wiser choices. It makes one safer and is a resilience
to stress. So, if one’s family is not supportive, a person may get depressed in
the hours of stress because there is no one to share his feelings with and may
feel helpless as sometimes a person alone cannot fight the stress. On the other
hand, a dysfunctional family can adversely affect an adolescent’s growth and
mentality. Inter-family conflicts may disturb the mental state of a child and
eventually he may develop suicidal ideation. According to Linehan’s model of
emotional invalidation, adolescence is a time when one is really sensitive and
thus a little glitch in peer connection can be hurting. So, talking about
bullying, it is commonly experienced in adolescence particularly from sixth to
tenth grade. Peer victimization and suicidal ideation as well as self-injurious
behaviors are in close association. A number of studies have also examined that
social isolation is frequently becoming common in hospitalized suicidal