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

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posted on 2023-05-18, 21:04 authored by Harris, KM, McLean, JP, Sheffield, J
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.

History

Publication title

Death Studies

Volume

38

Issue

6

Pagination

387-394

ISSN

0748-1187

Department/School

Tasmanian School of Medicine

Publisher

Brunner/Mazel Inc

Place of publication

United States

Rights statement

Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Mental health services