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Suicide and reputation damage


Pridmore, S and McArthur, M, Suicide and reputation damage, Australasian Psychiatry: bulletin of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 16, (5) pp. 312-316. ISSN 1039-8562 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10398560802027310


Aim: This paper uses the public record to explore the relationship between reputation damage and suicide. Method: The public record of the last 20 years was examined for examples of individuals without evidence of mental disorder who suffered actual or threatened reputation damage and suicided shortly thereafter. Results: Fifteen individual cases were identified; 18 additional cases, less comprehensively detailed, were mentioned in reports of The Wood Royal Commission and Operation Auxin. All cases were male. Of the 15 individual cases, the average age was 55 years, with a range of 40 to 76 years. The available details of the 18 additional cases were consistent with these findings. Conclusion: Middle-aged males without clear evidence of mental disorder, who suffer actual or threatened reputation damage, may be at increased risk of suicide. Naming and shaming needs to be conducted with caution.

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:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:52884
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2008-10-06
Last Modified:2010-04-12

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