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Suicidal and Online: How Do Online Behaviors Inform Us of This High-Risk Population?


Harris, KM and McLean, JP and Sheffield, J, Suicidal and Online: How Do Online Behaviors Inform Us of This High-Risk Population?, Death Studies, 38, (6) pp. 387-394. ISSN 0748-1187 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07481187.2013.768313


To assist suicide prevention we need a better understanding of how suicidal individuals act in their environment, and the online world offers an ideal opportunity to examine daily behaviors. This anonymous survey (N ¼ 1,016) provides first-of-its-kind empirical evidence demonstrating suicide-risk people (n¼ 290) are unique in their online behaviors. Suicidal users reported more time online, greater likelihood of developing online personal relationships, and greater use of online forums. In addition, suicide-risk women reported more time browsing=surfing and social networking. The authors conclude that suicide prevention efforts should respond to suicide-risk users’ greater demands for online interpersonal communications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adult attitude to death female high risk behavior human human relation Internet male middle aged psychology risk assessment risk factor self report social network statistics and numerical data suicidal ideation suicide young adult Humans Interpersona
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Biological psychology
Research Field:Behavioural neuroscience
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Harris, KM (Dr Keith Harris)
ID Code:110314
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-07-24
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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