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Citation

Barker E, Kolves K, De Leo D. Arch. Suicide Res. 2014; 18(3): 227-240.

Affiliation

a Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2014, International Academy of Suicide Research, Publisher Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/13811118.2013.824830

PMID

24611725

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Systematically analyse existing literature testing the effectiveness of programs involving the management of suicidal and self-harming behaviours in prisons. METHODS: 545 English-language articles published in peer reviewed journals were retrieved using the terms "suicid*", "prevent*" "prison", or "correctional facility" in SCOPUS, MEDLINE, PROQUEST and Web of Knowledge. RESULTS: Twelve articles were relevant, six involving multi-factored suicide prevention programs, and two involving peer focused programs. Others included changes to the referral and care of suicidal inmates, staff training, legislation changes and a suicide prevention program for inmates with Borderline Personality Disorder. CONCLUSIONS: Multi-factored suicide prevention programs appear most effective in the prison environment. Using trained inmates to provide social support to suicidal inmates is promising. Staff attitudes towards training programs were generally positive.


Language: en

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