ERIC Number: EJ863979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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A Comparison of Suicide Note Writers with Suicides Who Did Not Leave Notes
Callanan, Valerie J.; Davis, Mark S.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n5 p558-568 Oct 2009
There is disagreement in the suicide literature on the value of suicide notes as a data source, particularly regarding the extent to which suicide decedents who write notes differ from those who do not. Using 10 years of suicide cases from Summit County, Ohio, these two groups were compared on 40 variables including sociodemographic characteristics, reported affect before death, precipitating events, physical and mental health status and care, and method of suicide. The only differences found were that note writers were more likely to have lived alone and had made prior suicide threats. These findings suggest that for research purposes, suicide cases with and without notes are essentially similar.
Descriptors: Health Conditions, Suicide, Comparative Analysis, Letters (Correspondence), Case Studies, Mental Health, Affective Behavior, Health Services, Social Characteristics, Demography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio