J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2014 Sep;23(3):186-197. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2014.23.3.186.

The Lived Experience of Suffering of Women Who Have Attempted Suicide: A Parse's Research Method Study

  • 1Department of Nursing Service, Saint John of God Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea. pinehillkim@naver.com


This study was to use Parse's research method to discover the structure of the lived experience of sufferings of women who have attempted suicide.
This study was a qualitative research based on Parse's research method. Participants were 7 women who had attempted suicide and who were hospitalized in a Mental Hospital and in the Suicide-Prevention Center of G City. Data were collected by dialogical engagement between participants and the researcher from November, 2011 to February, 2013, and were analyzed through the extraction-synthesis and heuristic interpretation processes.
Through the analyses, the structure was identified; The lived experience of suffering of women who have attempted suicide is the process that they ultimately found new meaning and value of life by speaking out their concealed pain through the intimate human contact with other people, although the women once decided to commit suicide to escape from extreme agony.
This study results suggest, therefore, that the nurses working in this field should try wholeheartedly to understand the suffering and agony of women who have attempted suicide and to provide practical nursing to help them revitalize their lives.


Attempted suicide; Women; Psychological stress; Qualitative research
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