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.”
Download article here: *CelebSuiCobain
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.
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.
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
Download here: *Gender differences in the relationship between depression and suicidal ideation in young adolescents 2001
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
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. http://www.acys.info/books/acys/doing_youth_work_in_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)).
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.
This manual was part of a national training program to raise awareness and skills for suicide prevention among GPs. The full ‘kit’ contained videos, audios, and diskettes, and was disseminated to 3500+ Family Doctors across Australia in 150+ seminars from 1997.
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Martin, G., Clark, S., Beckinsale, P., Skene, C. & Stacey, K., 1997. Keep Yourself Alive: prevention of suicide in young people. A Manual for Health Professionals. Adelaide, Foundation Studios. ISBN 0 646 32424 1. Funded under the National Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.
Locus of Control is a measure of whether a young person feels in charge of their life (internal LOC), or whether they are a straw in the wind, controlled by others, school and the world (external LOC). The key finding for this paper was that suicidal behaviour in young people was more likely in young people with an external LOC
Download here: *Locus of Control as an Indicator of Risk for Suicidal Behaviour among Adolescents
Pearce, C. & Martin, G., 1993. Locus of Control as an Indicator of Risk for Suicidal Behaviour among Adolescents, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 88:409-414.
This report examines international Suicide Prevention Strategies that had been in place for 10 years or more, concluding that such strategies work, and exploring why they work.
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Martin, G. & Page, A., 2009. National Suicide Prevention Strategies: a Comparison. The University of Queensland. ISBN 978-0-9808207-9-9.