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Beliefs of poets regarding the triggers of suicide


Pridmore, S and Ahmadi, J and Pridmore, W, Beliefs of poets regarding the triggers of suicide, American Journal of Medical Research, 4, (2) pp. 7-19. ISSN 2334-4814 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Background: Over the last century, the claim has been made that suicide is always, or almost always, the result of mental disorder. Aim. To explore the beliefs of famous English speaking poets regarding the triggers of suicide.

Method: Poetry libraries were explored for poetry giving information regarding the attitude of writers to the triggers of suicide. This material was analysed and categorized. Results. Fifteen poems (separate poets) were identified and examined. The triggers of suicide included mental disorder and socioeconomic stressors (acute and chronic). In a minority of cases (four), categorization could not be made.

Conclusions: Poets describe the triggers of suicide as including not only mental disorder, but also socioeconomic (acute and chronic) factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, mental disorder
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:113271
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-12-19
Last Modified:2019-09-23
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