The Internet - A new source of data on suicide, depression and anxiety: A preliminary study

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Abstract

On the world wide web, self-help newsgroups of suicidal, depressive and anxious people were investigated in a 3-month period. After analysing the content of the letters (966 letters collected, 222 analyzed) and comparing the suicide ideator group with all other groups, the author tried to find characteristic differences among them and to understand the under-lying psychological mechanisms better. The modified version of the Weintraub technique was used in the content analysis. The negatives and dichotomous structures were found to be the strongest differentiating verbal categories among the groups in both sexes, which may reflect the important role of denial and dichotomous thinking among suicidal people. Helpers have to find new ways to approach this Internet-user high risk population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-361
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Discussion group
  • Internet
  • Newsgroup
  • Suicide
  • Worldwide web

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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The Internet - A new source of data on suicide, depression and anxiety : A preliminary study. / Fekete, S.

In: Archives of Suicide Research, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2002, p. 351-361.

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