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Risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behaviour: a literature review

Citation
McLean J, Maxwell M, Platt S, Harris FM & Jepson R (2008) Risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behaviour: a literature review. Health and Community Care, Scottish Government Social Research. Scottish Government. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/11/28141444/0

Abstract
The Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh (Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change and General Practice Section) and the University of Stirling (Department of Applied Social Science and Department of Nursing and Midwifery), were commissioned by the then Scottish Executive to undertake a review of the literature on risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behaviour. The review had two overarching aims: first, to describe and assess current knowledge regarding the societal and cultural factors associated with increased incidence of suicide (risk factors), and to delineate the population subgroups that are at increased risk of suicidal behaviour; and second, to describe and assess current knowledge regarding factors that promote resilience and healthy survival against suicidal behaviour amongst people who are exposed to known suicidal risk conditions (protective factors).

Keywords
suicide; risk factors; protective factors; systematic review; Suicidal behavior; Suicide psychology

StatusPublished
Author(s)McLean, Joanne; Maxwell, Margaret; Platt, Stephen; Harris, Fiona Margaret; Jepson, Ruth
Title of seriesHealth and Community Care, Scottish Government Social Research
Publication date31/12/2008
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/2206
PublisherScottish Government
Publisher URLhttp://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/11/28141444/0
ISBN9780755973040
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