This paper intended to evaluate the recent social issues of suicide in Korea. In terms of research methods, the author used meta-analysis as a theoretical framework to formulate an interdisciplinary method, and at the same time utilized a journalistic approach to collect and evaluate actual suicide cases, which were reported in the daily newspapers in Korea.
The author developed the following four analytic tools to assess and evaluate a variety of suicidal issues: (1) social relations theory perspective; (2) Biblical understanding and perspective; (3) Christian life ethics perspective; and (4) psychodynamic psychiatry perspective. Durkheim's four types of suicide - egoistic, altruistic, anomic and fatalistic types - were also employed to analyze Korean suicidal cases.
In the final section, the author recommended practically-oriented six alternatives that would be applied to prevent suicide as well as to develop counseling programs for the suicidal populations in Korea.