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A pilot investigation of the Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide (OPS) Framework


Pridmore, S and Kuipers, P and Zainab, AM and Restifo, S and Lee, AYS and Appleton, J, A pilot investigation of the Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide (OPS) Framework, Malaysian Journal of Medical Science, 19, (3) pp. 50-56. ISSN 1394-195X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Background: Suicide may be conceptualized as an escape from intolerable predicaments, in particular, mental illness and environmental stressors. The operationalized predicaments of suicide (OPS) is a 4 category framework designed to assist in the classification of suicide. The objective was to examine whether this framework is potentially useful. Method: 18 psychiatrists from 6 different countries examined 12 written coroners’ reports of suicide and rated each report according to the OPS. 16 of these raters then also completed a qualitative questionnaire regarding the framework. Results: In 89.8% of cases the raters where able to make a decision regarding the drivers which led to the suicides. The respondents displayed modest inter-rater correlation (Kappa = 0.42; P < 0.0001). In the qualitative section, respondents supported the face validity of OPS and considered it potentially useful. Feedback allowed improved wording of the OPS instructions. Conclusion: The OPS has potential as a useful framework. The OPS instructions have been improved and further studies are justified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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)
UTAS Author:Lee, AYS (Dr Adrian Lee)
ID Code:79979
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2012-10-16
Last Modified:2017-12-08

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