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Psychiatria Danubina, Vol.25 No.2 June 2013. -

Background: Today there exist different views on origins of suicidal behaviour, which can influence the help-seeking behaviour

and the adherence to the treatment of suicidal people.

Subjects and methods: The beliefs lay people and patients have about the origins of suicidal behaviour as well as the

compatibility of their beliefs with the views of the mental health personnel general practitioners and psychiatrists were assessed. 45

semi-structured interviews with the general population, suicide attempters, general practitioners and psychiatrists were conducted,

audio typed, transcribed and a thematic analysis of the data was carried out.

Results: The results indicated the incompatibility of the views. The general population and the suicide attempters favoured

psychological explanations of suicidal behaviour, whereas the general practitioners and psychiatrists promoted medical

explanations. The only common theme was perception of the suicidal crisis as a crucial factor in suicidality.

Conclusions: Lay people and experts believe that suicidal crisis is the main origin of suicidal behaviour. The awareness of this

common denominator and also of the differences in opinions between lay people and experts should be kept in mind when planning

and implementing prevention and treatment programmes if we wish to promote help-seeking behaviour and attain good adherence to

treatment.

suicide - public opinion - lay people - health personnel



Author: Tina Zadravec - ; University Psychiatric Hospital Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia Onja Grad - ; University Psychiatric Hospital Lj

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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