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ERIC Number: EJ897139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Myths and Facts about Suicide from Individuals Involved in Suicide Prevention
Schurtz, David R.; Cerel, Julie; Rodgers, Philip
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n4 p346-352 Aug 2010
Myth-busting, in which a so-called myth is presented and dispelled by facts, is used in suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings such as QPR. Evidence from other areas of public health shows this technique leads to memory for myths and not facts. An internet survey was used to determine if the "myths" and "facts" presented in QPR are endorsed as such by the suicidology community and to determine if demographics influenced statement identification. Overall, statements did reflect the opinions of the suicidology community and any type of training increased correct identification. Future research should focus on whether myth-busting is an appropriate strategy for suicidology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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