Family strife blamed for high suicide rate among Turkish women

While a nationwide study has yet to be undertaken, regional data from Cologne and Frankfurt shows that young women of Turkish background try to kill themselves twice as often as their German counterparts, daily Die Welt reported on Friday: “We surmise the reason for the increase in suicide rates are conflicts within the family,” Charite study leader Meryam Schouler-Ocak told the paper: “For example the girls perhaps want a boyfriend, or they want to go out to clubs with their circle of friends, or imagine when a girl is supposed to marry someone she doesn’t want to marry.”