Research - Suicide

Do we overdramatize family physician burnout? YES

Kay, Margaret (2012). Canadian Family Physician58(7).

The author bases an argument on the premise that family physicians do experience burnout. What she asserts is that it is overdramatized with associations of depression and suicide, and that this further stigmatizes these conditions, as well as (by association), stigmatizes burnout. She points out that research has shown that burnout is more associated with situational or organizational factors, rather than individual ones. Read article here.

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Cutaneous body image dissatisfaction and suicidal ideation: Mediation by interpersonal sensitivity

Gupta, MA, Gupta, AK (2013.) Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75(1) 55 – 59.
Suicidal ideation is greater among people who are unhappy with their skin and experience perceptions of related stigmatization and social exclusion. Interpersonal sensitivity (IS), a symptom dimension related to self-consciousness, feelings of inferiority and social exclusion, mediates this effect. Read abstract here. 

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Internet comments on media reporting of two adolescents’ collective suicide attempt.

Sisask, M., Varnik, A, and Wasserman, D. (2006.) Archives of Suicide Research, 9(1):87-98.

This article explored the spontaneous on-line comments provided by readers of seven different Internet articles of the same double-suicide attempt. The authors write that the general population’s attitude about suicide is influenced by its reporting. Read abstract here.

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Cross-cultural attitudes towards suicide: the SOQ and a personal odyssey.

Domino, G. (2005.) Archives of Suicide Research, 9(2):107-22.

This paper reviews the development of the Suicide Attitude Questionnaire (SOQ), and its benefits for various cultures. Read abstract here.

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A systematic review of scales that measure attitudes toward suicide.

Kodaka, M., Postuvan, V., Inagaki, M., and Yamada, M. (2011.) International Journal Sociological Psychiatry Jul;57(4):338061.

Three instruments used to measure attitudes about suicide were identified and their  characteristics were evaluated: Suicide Opinion Questionnaire (SOQ), Suicide Attitude Questionnaire (SUIATT) and Attitudes Toward Suicide (ATTS). Read abstract here.



Attitudes toward suicide: a comparison of Canadian and US college students

Domino, G., and Leenaars, AA., (1989.) Suicide Life Threatening Behavior, 19(2):160-72.

Canadian college students perceived suicide as part of every-day life, according to the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire (SOQ) administered. Read abstract here.


Reason for cautious optimism? Two Studies suggesting reduced stigma against suicide.

Witte, T.K., Smith, A.R., and Joiner, T.E. (2010). Journal of Clinical Psychology 66(6):611-626.

Two studies compared present-day attitudes toward suicide to those of the past; comparisons of 1965 and 1988 showed reduced stigma toward suicide.
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The stigma of suicide.

Tadros, G. and Jolley, D. (2001). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 179:178.

This correspondence asserts that to reduce suicide we must first addresses the blame and stigma toward the person and his/her family members. Read letter here.  

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Adolescent Sexual Orientation and Suicide Risk: Evidence From a National Study

Russel, ST, and Joyner, K. American Journal of Public Health, 91(8):1276-1281, 2001.

This study looks at risk factors of suicide risk, including depression, hopelessness, alcohol abuse, recent suicide attempts by a peer or a family member, and experiences of victimization and adolescent sexual orientation. Read article here.

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