Suicide clusters

Robinson, J., Pirkis, J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2016) Suicide clusters. In: O'Connor, R. and Pirkis, J. (eds.) International Handbook of Suicide Prevention, Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 758-774. ISBN 9781118903278 (doi:10.1002/9781118903223.ch43)

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This chapter defines the various types of suicide cluster including point clusters, mass clusters, and echo clusters. It discusses some of the mechanisms thought to underpin the development and maintenance of suicide clusters, including the related processes of contagion and imitation, social integration, and assortative relating and susceptibility. For the most part, research into suicide clusters has focused on clusters of completed suicides, and these studies tend to have employed quantitative methods in order to examine the clustering phenomena. Clustering of self‐harm and suicide attempts can also occur. National resources designed to help communities prevent and manage suicide clusters have been developed in the United States, Australia, and England. The overall aim of these resources is to provide a framework to help communities to develop a coordinated response or action plan that can be implemented in the event of a suicide cluster.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: Robinson, J., Pirkis, J., and O'Connor, R. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell

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