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The impact of participating in suicide research online

Gibson, Susanne, Boden, Zoe V. R., Benson, Outi and Brand, Sarah 2014. The impact of participating in suicide research online. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 44 (4) , pp. 372-383. 10.1111/sltb.12082

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Abstract

The impact of participation in online mixed-methods suicide research was investigated. Participants, who described feeling suicidal, completed an 18- item questionnaire before and after taking part (n = 103), and answered open- ended questions about participation (n = 97). Overall, participation reduced negative experiences and had no effect on positive experiences. Feelings of calm increased, but participants felt less supported. Some participants did expe rience distress, but some also reported this distress to be manageable. Anonymously sharing experiences of suicidality was viewed as important, had therapeutic ben- efits, and engendered hopes for recovery. The findings suggest a need to ensure vulnerab le participants in online studies are well supported while protecting their anonymity

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0363-0234
Date of Acceptance: 17 September 2013
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 13:22
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104887

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