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Suicide-Related Internet Use Among Suicidal Young People in the UK: Characteristics of Users, Effects of Use, and Barriers to Offline Help-Seeking

Bell, Jo; Mok, Katherine; Gardiner, Eric; Pirkis, Jane

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Katherine Mok

Jane Pirkis

Abstract

The study replicates earlier research using a UK sample to examine differences between suicidal people who go online for suicide-related reasons and suicidal people who do not, perceived effects of suicide-related Internet use, and perceived barriers to offline help-seeking. A total of 72 UK citizens (18–24 years old) who had contemplated killing themselves or deliberately harmed themselves with the intention of dying within the past 12 months participated in an anonymous online survey. Results indicate that suicidal young people who use the Internet for suicide-related purposes are a high-risk group characterized by higher levels of social anxiety. The main purposes of suicide-related Internet use were to connect with others and seek information. Both positive and negative effects were found.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018
Journal Archives of Suicide Research
Print ISSN 1381-1118
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 2
Pages 263-277
Institution Citation Bell, J., Mok, K., Gardiner, E., & Pirkis, J. (2018). Suicide-Related Internet Use Among Suicidal Young People in the UK: Characteristics of Users, Effects of Use, and Barriers to Offline Help-Seeking. Archives of Suicide Research, 22(2), 263-277. https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2017.1334609
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2017.1334609
Keywords Suicide and internet; Online; Suicide-related internet use
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13811118.2017.1334609

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