Suicidal and online: how do online behaviors inform us of this high-risk population?

Harris, Keith M., McLean, John P. and Sheffield, Jeanie (2014) Suicidal and online: how do online behaviors inform us of this high-risk population?. Death Studies, 38 6: 387-394. doi:10.1080/07481187.2013.768313


Author Harris, Keith M.
McLean, John P.
Sheffield, Jeanie
Title Suicidal and online: how do online behaviors inform us of this high-risk population?
Journal name Death Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1091-7683
0748-1187
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07481187.2013.768313
Open Access Status
Volume 38
Issue 6
Start page 387
End page 394
Total pages 8
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 = 1,016) provides first-of-its-kind empirical evidence demonstrating suicide-risk people (n = 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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