Suicide Exposure in the Population: Perceptions of Impact and Closeness

Julie Cerel, Myfanwy Maple, Judy van de Venne, Melissa Brown, Melinda Moore, Chris Flaherty

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Abstract

Recent studies of people exposed to suicide point to a continuum of effects moderated by a perception of closeness to the deceased. We investigated the importance of perception of impact of the death on mental health outcomes of those exposed to suicide. Female sex, younger age, and multiple exposures to suicide were associated with greater risk for poorer outcomes. Suicide exposed with high impact was more likely to have depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, prolonged grief, and suicide ideation. Findings can help focus postvention resources for suicide-exposed individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-708
Number of pages13
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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