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Article: Research participation experiences of informants of suicide and control cases: Taken froma case-control psychological autopsy study of peoplewho died by suicide

TitleResearch participation experiences of informants of suicide and control cases: Taken froma case-control psychological autopsy study of peoplewho died by suicide
Authors
KeywordsCase-control study
Hong Kong
Psychological autopsy
Sensitive research
Suicide
Issue Date2010
PublisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/
Citation
Crisis, 2010, v. 31 n. 5, p. 238-246 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Ethical issues have been raised about using the psychological autopsy approach in the study of suicide. The impact on informants of control cases who participated in case-control psychological autopsy studies has not been investigated. Aims: (1) To investigate whether informants of suicide cases recruited by two approaches (coroners' court and public mortuaries) respond differently to the initial contact by the research team. (2) To explore the reactions, reasons for participation, and comments of both the informants of suicide and control cases to psychological autopsy interviews. (3) To investigate the impact of the interviews on informants of suicide cases about a month after the interviews. Methods: A self-report questionnaire was used for the informants of both suicide and control cases. Telephone follow-up interviews were conducted with the informants of suicide cases. Results: The majority of the informants of suicide cases, regardless of the initial route of contact, as well as the control cases were positive about being approached to take part in the study. A minority of informants of suicide and control cases found the experience of talking about their family member to be more upsetting than expected. The telephone follow-up interviews showed that none of the informants of suicide cases reported being distressed by the psychological autopsy interviews. Limitations: The acceptance rate for our original psychological autopsy study was modest. Conclusions: The findings of this study are useful for future participants and researchers in measuring the potential benefits and risks of participating in similar sensitive research. Psychological autopsy interviews may be utilized as an active engagement approach to reach out to the people bereaved by suicide, especially in places where the postvention work is underdeveloped. © 2010 Hogrefe Publishing.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142594
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.527
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.638
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dc.contributor.authorWong, PWCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WSCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBeh, PSLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYau, FWSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHawton, Ken_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T02:52:22Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-28T02:52:22Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCrisis, 2010, v. 31 n. 5, p. 238-246en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0227-5910en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142594-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Ethical issues have been raised about using the psychological autopsy approach in the study of suicide. The impact on informants of control cases who participated in case-control psychological autopsy studies has not been investigated. Aims: (1) To investigate whether informants of suicide cases recruited by two approaches (coroners' court and public mortuaries) respond differently to the initial contact by the research team. (2) To explore the reactions, reasons for participation, and comments of both the informants of suicide and control cases to psychological autopsy interviews. (3) To investigate the impact of the interviews on informants of suicide cases about a month after the interviews. Methods: A self-report questionnaire was used for the informants of both suicide and control cases. Telephone follow-up interviews were conducted with the informants of suicide cases. Results: The majority of the informants of suicide cases, regardless of the initial route of contact, as well as the control cases were positive about being approached to take part in the study. A minority of informants of suicide and control cases found the experience of talking about their family member to be more upsetting than expected. The telephone follow-up interviews showed that none of the informants of suicide cases reported being distressed by the psychological autopsy interviews. Limitations: The acceptance rate for our original psychological autopsy study was modest. Conclusions: The findings of this study are useful for future participants and researchers in measuring the potential benefits and risks of participating in similar sensitive research. Psychological autopsy interviews may be utilized as an active engagement approach to reach out to the people bereaved by suicide, especially in places where the postvention work is underdeveloped. © 2010 Hogrefe Publishing.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofCrisisen_HK
dc.subjectCase-control studyen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectPsychological autopsyen_HK
dc.subjectSensitive researchen_HK
dc.subjectSuicideen_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Health-
dc.subject.meshFamily - psychology-
dc.subject.meshResearch Subjects - psychology-
dc.subject.meshSelf Report - utilization-
dc.subject.meshSuicide - psychology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.titleResearch participation experiences of informants of suicide and control cases: Taken froma case-control psychological autopsy study of peoplewho died by suicideen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, PWC: paulw@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailBeh, PSL: philipbeh@pathology.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1027/0227-5910/a000025en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid21134843-
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dc.identifier.volume31en_HK
dc.identifier.issue5en_HK
dc.identifier.spage238en_HK
dc.identifier.epage246en_HK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000285404900003-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridYip, PSF=7102503720en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridHawton, K=7102831478en_HK

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