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Suicide and the publicly exposed pedophile

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Walter, G and Pridmore, S, Suicide and the publicly exposed pedophile, Malaysian Journal of Medical Science, 19, (4) pp. 51-57. ISSN 1394-195X (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Background: Current clinical wisdom is that the vast majority of those who complete suicide suffer from a mental disorder. Uncritical adherence to this belief may limit our understanding and restrict the full range of prevention activities. We aimed to examine the public record for accounts of suicide by men who had been, or were about to be, investigated or apprehended for "sex only" child sex offences, with a view to presenting a collection of case histories, and identifying examples of suicide in the apparent absence of mental disorder other than pedophilia. Methods: The public record (hard and electronic copy) was examined. Results: Twenty case histories were identified of men with no apparent mental disorder (other than pedophilia) who completed suicide shortly after exposure or threatened public exposure and/or early or potential legal punishment. Conclusion: This evidence strongly suggests that exposure or threatened public exposure of pedophilia and/or early or potential legal punishment creates a predicament, which may lead to completed suicide.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Clinical Sciences
Research Field:Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:82162
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2013-01-17
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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