Suicide In Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why

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Suicide is one of the most controversial social issues stirring up the globe. As sensible as the topic might be, lately, the media have highlighted more of it through television ads, articles, and even shows. In fact, suicide talk has emerged more after the American entertainment company, Netflix, aired the series Thirteen Reasons Why. Originally, Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult novel written by author Jay Asher, which later adapted into a Netflix show by screenwriter Bryan Yorkey. Moreover, Thirteen Reasons Why regards the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who commits suicide due to the betrayal and despair, her friends caused her; as the aftermath, Hannah left behind seven tapes -explaining thirteen reasons why she killed …show more content…
The Revista Latino-Americana de Emfermagem journal published a review of twenty years of research concerning parental-adolescent behavior in 2008. One of these studies examined the relationships between parenting styles and depression among 3,993 15-year-olds in California. According to the results, "adolescents who reported that their parents had an authoritative style were least likely to have depressive symptoms, followed by adolescents who had permissive, autocratic, and unengaged parenting." (Newman, Harrison, Dashiff and Davies, 2008). As stated earlier, authoritative parenting highly leads children and teenagers to a healthier mental status, unlike permissive parents; who are characterized by low demand and high responsiveness. In other words, such parents can be very loving, however, they give little guidelines or rules. For example, in the show Thirteen Reasons Why: Tape 1 Side A, although Clay’s permissive mother worries about how clay injured his head, she still allowed him to go out without any major concern. Additionally, further into the show, it is discovered that Clay suffered from depression due to the fact that his mother recommended psychotherapy and depression/anxiety pills for Clay. It is also known that Clay has busy parents; a mother who is a lawyer and a dad who is a college professor, which would conclude why they are hardly involved in their son’s life. As revealed in the …show more content…
According to the department of justice, “Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault”. Concluding that such traumatic event lead females to attempt suicide. Moreover, a study that utilized the Data From the 2000 British Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, determined that “Sexual abuse was strongly associated with a history of suicide attempts as well as of suicidal intent and was more common in women. The population attributable risk fraction was considerably greater in female respondents (28%) than in male respondents (7%), which is consistent with more prevalent exposure to sexual abuse among women.” (Bebbington et al). Sexual abuse leads to poor mental health and deteriorating thoughts, especially to youth. In the show, Thirteen Reasons Why, spoiled Bryce sexually abused Hannah at a small party at his house. After arriving home late night, Hannah’s parent show no concern for the late hours she arrived, rather instead, Hannah freely walks to her room without any confrontation with her parents. The fact that Hannah’s parents seemed careless about her curfew, only shows how uninvolved they are in their daughter’s life. Things would have gone much differently, if Hannah’s parents would have had a small talk with their daughter – Maybe a strange behavior in Hannah would have emphasized that she went through a

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