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Suicide clusters: a review of risk factors and mechanisms

Haw, C., Hawton, K., Niedzwiedz, C. and Platt, S. (2013) Suicide clusters: a review of risk factors and mechanisms. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 43(1), pp. 97-108. 1943-278X.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Suicide clusters, although uncommon, cause great concern in the communities in which they occur. We searched the world literature on suicide clusters and describe the risk factors and proposed psychological mechanisms underlying the spatio-temporal clustering of suicides (point clusters). Potential risk factors include male gender, being an adolescent or young adult, drug or alcohol abuse, and past history of self-harm. However, the majority of studies lack methodological rigor. Many different psychological mechanisms are described, including contagion, imitation, suggestion, learning, and assortative relating, but supporting empirical evidence in generally lacking, More scientifically rigorous studies are needed to improve understanding of suicide clusters.
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC435 Psychiatry > RC554 Personality disorders. Behavior problems > RC569 Suicide
Creators: Haw, Camilla, Hawton, Keith, Niedzwiedz, Claire and Platt, Steve
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Health
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Mental Health and Learning Disability
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Nursing
Date: 1 February 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 97-108
Journal or Publication Title: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume: 43
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1943-278X
Status: Published / Disseminated

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