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Suicidal and Online: How Do Online Behaviors Inform Us of This High-Risk Population?

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Psychology, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia 2: School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Publication date: July 3, 2014

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