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Suicide attempts and social worker contact: secondary analysis of a general population study

Slater, Thomas ORCID:, Scourfield, Jonathan ORCID: and Greenland, Katy ORCID: 2015. Suicide attempts and social worker contact: secondary analysis of a general population study. British Journal of Social Work 45 (1) , pp. 378-394. 10.1093/bjsw/bct112

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There is a general dearth of social work studies in relation to suicide and very little is known about the characteristics of social work service users who are also suicidal. This paper is based on secondary analysis of the survey ‘Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Study in England 2007’. Results showed that (i) social work contact in the previous twelve months was significantly associated with lifetime suicide attempt; (ii) various risk and protective factors help to explain the relationship between suicide attempt and social work contact. Non-suicidal self-harm was found to be associated with suicide attempt, both with and without social work contact. Drug dependency was associated with social work contact, regardless of suicide attempt history. Other variables affected certain aspects of the relationship between social work contact and suicidality. These included age, religion, income, employment and background in local authority care. The implications for social work provision are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health; quantitative methods; risk; substance misuse; suicide
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Date of Acceptance: 1 April 2013
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2022 02:12

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