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Behind the blue shadow: a theoretical perspective for detecting police suicide.

Authors
Violanti-JM; Mnatsakanova-A; Andrew-ME
Source
Int J Emerg Mental Health 2012 Oct; 14(1):37-42
NIOSHTIC No.
20041704
Abstract
Police officers are at increased risk for suicide. Reluctance by this population to self-report suicidal thoughts requires detection on a different level. Based on existing theory, this paper discusses a possible alternative method for detecting suicidal tendencies among police officers: the suicide Implicit Association Test (IAT). The IAT measures the implicit strength of cognitive identification with death opposed to life. Previous work has demonstrated that a cognitive identification with death over life is associated with both suicide attempts and completions. The clinical application of implicit cognitions, along with other proven clinical measures, may be of value in detecting suicide ideation in police officers or other high suicide risk groups who are hesitant to explicitly report suicidal thoughts. More research is needed to help clarify the clinical usefulness of the IAT and its validity over time.
Keywords
Police-officers; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Law-enforcement; Mental-disorders; Mental-health; Mental-processes; Psychological-testing; Psychological-adaptation; Psychological-effects; Psychological-factors; Clinical-tests; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Author Keywords: police; implicit cognitions; suicide ideation; prevention
Contact
John M. Violanti, PhD, School of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Publication Date
20121001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
violanti@buffalo.edu
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B20121218A
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1522-4821
NIOSH Division
HELD
Priority Area
Services: Public Safety
Source Name
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health
State
NY; WV
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