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Title: Social support and help-seeking in parasuicide versus depression in young adults
Author: Teer, Kerry
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2000
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Purpose The aim of this paper is to review some of the psychological factors related to suicidal behaviour within a young adult population. A number of individual and demographic variables have been identified as risk factors for suicide but it is not clear in what way they relate to increased risk of suicidal behaviour. This paper reviews studies examining how certain psychological factors may be related to suicide. Method Papers were identified relating to three variables: (1) Social Support, (2) Help-Seeking Behaviour, and (3) Feelings of shame and guilt, in relation to suicidal behaviour. Studies were identified that considered how these factors may relate to increased risk of suicidality and their implications for suicide prevention. This was considered primarily in relation to a young adult population. Results The studies reviewed indicate that suicide is a significant problem and represents a preventable cause of death. However the factors influencing suicide are complex and are likely to require multi-faceted interventions. Parasuicide participants may perceive their social support as less satisfactory than controls and this may affect their ability to seek help at a time of crisis. Feelings of shame appear particularly relevant to psychopathology and increased risk of suicidality, and may in themselves constitute a barrier to help-seeking behaviour.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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