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The ‘Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide' (OPS) applied to Northern Territory coroners' reports

by Pridmore S, Kuipers P, Appleton J

Journal article
Year 2013
Journal Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume 6
Issue 3
Page 214–217

Abstract

Social and environmental stressors are important triggers of suicide in the Northern Territory and are more often the suicide trigger in Indigenous community suicide compared to non-Indigenous community suicide. This article aims to apply the 'Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide' (OPS) to coroners' reports with a view to classifying the drivers and triggers of suicide in the Northern Territory (Australia) for the years July 2000 - December 2010, with attention to the total population, and to a comparison of suicide triggers for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Some highlights of the findings:

  • both mental disorder and social factors are independently capable of triggering suicide
  • for the whole sample 20% were triggered by mental disorder, 58% by social factors
  • non-Indigenous people were over represented in the mental disorder trigger category
  • Indigenous people were over represented in the social trigger category.

Abstract adapted from Asian Journal of Psychiatry

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