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Genuine and simulated suicide notes: An analysis of content.

Ioannou, M and Debowska, A (2014) Genuine and simulated suicide notes: An analysis of content. Forensic Science International, 245. pp. 151-160. ISSN 0379-0738

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The present study examined genuine and simulated suicide notes aiming to identify the measures of content that best differentiate between the two. Thirty-three genuine and thirty-three simulated suicide notes were content-analysed and data subjected to smallest space analysis (SSA), a Multidimensional Scaling Procedure. The core of all suicide notes was discovered to be constructed with the use of three variables: expressions of love, positive construction of partner and apologies. Furthermore, four different genuine suicide note themes ('planned escape', 'negative affect and self-mitigation', 'positive affect and failed relationship', 'lack of self-acceptance') and three simulated suicide note themes ('escape', 'positive affect and self-blame', 'purposeless life') were identified revealing that authentic suicide note themes were more internally consistent and clearer to interpret.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 13:53
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 15:34
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2014.10.035
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4120
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