Coping strategies used by suicide attempters and comparison groups

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Coping strategies used by suicide attempters and comparison groups
Author(s) Sunnqvist, Charlotta ; Träskman-Bendz, Lil ; Westrin, Åsa
Date 2013
English abstract
A variety of factors have been identified as being risk factors for suicidal behaviour. One of them is the handling of stressful events. The aim of the present study was to investigate the coping-strategies used by suicide attempters and comparison groups. 37 pa- tients who had recently made a suicide attempt, 38 suicide attempters at follow up, 20 psychiatric follow up controls, and 19 healthy controls filled in the COPE. We found that suicide attempters at long term follow up and healthy controls used more adaptive problem solving strategies than patients who had re- cently made a suicide attempt, or psychiatric controls at follow up, who used more maladaptive coping strategies. Our findings suggest that suicide attempt- ers in a twelve year follow up are able to use coping strategies similarly to healthy controls by e.g. ap- proaching the stressor actively. Further examinations of the impact of long term professional care and treatment of suicide attempters on their coping strategies are necessary.
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Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Host/Issue Open journal of psychiatry;
Volume 3
ISSN 2161-7325
Pages 256-263
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) suicide-attempt
stressful situations
adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
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