Celebrity suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicides in Australia?

This national correlational research considered suicide in young people for the five years prior to Kurt Cobain’s death comparing to the few weeks after his suicide. There appeared to be a reduction in suicides, and we had the temerity to suggest “Courtney Love’s comments may not have contributed to responsible media portrayal, but the question has to be raised whether Nirvana fans may have been deterred from suicide by her denigration of Cobain’s act.”

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Martin, G. & Koo, L., 1997. Celebrity Suicide: Did the death of Kurt Cobain influence young suicide in Australia? Archives of Suicide Research, 3:3, 187-198.

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Suicidal Behaviour in Children: Submission to the Australian Children’s Commissioner

Australian National Children’s Commissioner examines intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children 

This submission covers a range of issues to do with prevention of suicidal behaviours in children under 18 years of age


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The influence of television suicide in a normal adolescent population

This cross-sectional study investigated the possible impact of exposure to television suicide on normal adolescents. Students (mean age 14.2 years) from 3 high schools completed a questionnaire on television habits, common television life events, the Youth Self-Report Scale, the Brief Adolescent Risk-Taking Scale and a brief Substance Use Scale.

Students claiming more than two exposures to television suicide took more risks and substances, watched more videos, denied being upset by television, had a history of suicide attempt, knew more of suicide in the community, and had higher depression scores.

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Martin, G., 1996. The Influence of Television Suicide in a Normal Adolescent Population. Archives of Suicide Research, 2:2, 103-117.

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Adolescent Depressive Symptomatology: Improve Schools or Help Students?

There were statistically significant school effects on students’ depressive symptomatology; however, these were much smaller than expected. Nearly all of the variation in CESD depression scores was found to be at the student level, indicating that the potential mental health gains from reducing risk factors in school social environments may be extremely limited and have little effect on student depressive symptomatology.

Download here: *Adolescent depressive symptomatology Improve schools or help students 2001

Roeger, L., Allison, S., Martin, G., Dadds, V., & Keeves, J., 2001. Adolescent Depressive Symptomatology: Improve Schools or Help Students? Australian Journal of Psychology, 53: 134-139.

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Gender differences in the relationship between depression and suicidal ideation in young adolescents

This paper is based on over 2400 adolescents aged 13 from 27 schools. It demonstrates differences between young men and young women in levels of depression, responses to it, and suicidality

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Allison, S., Roeger, L., Martin, G., & Keeves, J., 2001. Gender Differences in the relationship between depression and suicidal ideation in young adolescents. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 498-503

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Suicide Prevention Training: A Workshop Format

This workshop was originally designed as part of an Australian Government funded project ‘Out of the Blues’, devised to provide better access to young people with depressive symptoms. The format of the workshop is straight forward, drawing on evidence from available research, using a video developed for another Australian Government funded project ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ which trained over 5000 community workers and 3500 family doctors across Australia.

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Wright, S. and Martin, G., 2000. Suicide Prevention Training: A Workshop. Youth Studies Australia. 19:2, 39-42.
Reprinted as: Wright, S. & Martin G., 2010. Suicide prevention training: A workshop, Ch 15. In Doing youth work in Australia (Editor Professor Rob White) , Volume 2: Youth work and youth issues. Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies. University of Tasmania, Australia.
The workshop uses material from Pearce, C. & Martin, G., 1994. Predicting suicide attempts among adolescents. Acta Psychiatrica Scand., 90: 324-328. (which can be downloaded from Family Concern Publishing (this site: see Resources)).

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Considerations on Research in Family Therapy: An Interview with Rudolf Moos

Professor Rudolf Moos was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University from 1972, and throughout his career has been a prolific researcher in a number of domains, most recently drug and alcohol abuse and recovery. He is now Emeritus. At the time of this interview in 1985, he was best known for the Family Environment Scale, an instrument providing a rich psycho-sociocultural measure of family functioning.

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Martin, G., 1986. Considerations On Research in Family Therapy: An Interview with Rudolf Moos. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, Vol 7, No. 2.

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Mental Health and Work: Issues and Perspectives

This book was commissioned by Auseinet and developed in collaboration with VicHealth (the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation), and funded by the Commonwealth through its Mental Health Branch. It sought to address the significant issue of work and mental health, significant issue from a variety of perspectives. Identity, meaning and participation are critical social and emotional dimensions of work. It has meaning for all individuals in society. As a consequence, work directly impacts on whole of community emotional and social wellbeing.

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Morrow, L., Verins, I. and Willis, E. (2002). Mental Health and Work: Issues and Perspectives. Adelaide, Auseinet: The Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health.

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Youth Suicide Issues in General Practice

In this survey of over 6000 young Australians, evidence suggests that there are fundamental mental health factors that all GPs should explore with young people to assess the risk of self harm. These include feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness, the pattern and type of drug use, a history of sexual abuse, concerns about sexuality and sexual identity.

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Beckinsale, P., Martin, G. & Clark, S., 2001. Youth Suicide Issues in General Practice. Australian Family Physician, 30: 4, 391-394.

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Keep Yourself Alive: Program Evaluation (General Practitioners)

Last week I posted the Keep Yourself Evaluation Training Manual (from the KYA Multimedia Kit). This KYA report is the program evaluation for the multimedia community family doctor suicide prevention training program. So few evaluations are completed regarding government suicide prevention programs; this is one exception.

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Beckinsale, P., Martin, G. & Clark, S., 1999. Keep Yourself Alive: Evaluation Report: General Practitioners. KYA, Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Unit, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Adelaide.

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This is a page of free download-able resources, usually in pdf format.
The aim is to provide a directory of Graham's written works, which will be added to weekly.