Why people engage in parasuicide: A cross-cultural study of intentions

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Title Why people engage in parasuicide: A cross-cultural study of intentions
Author Hjelmeland, Heidi; Hawton, Keith; Nordvik, Hilmar; Bille-Brahe, Unni; De Leo, Diego; Fekete, Sandor; Grad, Onja; Haring, Christian; Kerkhof, Ad J.K.M; Lonnqvist, Jouko; Michel, Konrad; Renberg, Ellinor Salander; Schmidtke, Armin; Heeringen, Kees Van; Wasserman, Danuta
Journal Name Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Year Published 2002
Place of publication USA
Publisher Guilford Publications Inc
Abstract Information obtained at interview from 1,646 parasuicide patients in 14 regions in 13 European countries participating in the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study on Suicidal Behaviour was used to study self-reported intentions involved in parasuicide. Comparisons were made across cultures, genders, and age groups. Although some statistically significant differences were found, the effect sizes were very small. The main finding from this study is thus that parasuicide patients in different countries tend to indicate that similar types of intentions are involved in their acts of parasuicide, and that the intentions do not vary greatly with gender or age. The hypothesis that rates of suicide and parasuicide vary between regions with the frequency with which suicidal intention is indicated by the patients was also tested, but was supported only for women and in relation to national suicide rates. The findings from this study are likely to be generalizable to other settings and have implications for clinical practice
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1521/suli.32.4.380.22336/abstract
Volume 32
Issue Number 4
Page from 380
Page to 393
ISSN 0363-0234
Date Accessioned 2003-04-10
Language en_US
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Prevention
Subject PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6570
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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