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Title: How Many People Are Exposed to Suicide? Not Six
Contributor(s): Cerel, Julie (author); Brown, Margaret M (author); Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; Singleton, Michael (author); van de Venne, Judy (author); Moore, Melinda (author); Flaherty, Chris (author)
Publication Date: 2019-04
Early Online Version: 2018-03-07
DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12450
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Abstract: It has long been stated that six people are left behind following every suicide. Despite a lack of empirical evidence, this has been extensively cited for over 30 years. Using data from a random-digit dial survey, a more accurate number of people exposed to each suicide is calculated. A sample of 1,736 adults included 812 lifetime suicide-exposed respondents who reported age and number of exposures. Each suicide resulted in 135 people exposed (knew the person). Each suicide affects a large circle of people, who may be in need of clinician services or support following exposure.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 49(2), p. 529-534
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1943-278X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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