suicide cluster


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cluster

 [klus´ter]
a group of similar objects, events, or other elements in close proximity.
suicide cluster a group of suicides in which one seems to set off others.
A chain of completed suicides, usually among adolescents, in a discrete period of time and area, which have a ‘contagious’ element

homicide/suicide cluster

Forensic psychiatry One or more homicides with the subsequent suicide of the perpetrator who typically is a ♂ married to, or living with, a ♀ in a relationship marked by physical abuse, who has a Hx of alcohol or substance abuse, and access to firearms. See Homicide, Suicide. Cf Postal worker syndrome.

suicide cluster

An epidemic of suicides, within a defined location or a short time.
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And these suicide clusters occur almost exclusively among teens and young adults.
Gould was the lead investigator in a national study that examined the role of newspaper coverage of suicide as a contributor to suicide clusters among 13- to 20-year-olds.
Editorial Note: Although suicide clusters have been studied previously (1,2), understanding of the epidemiology of suicide clusters and attempts, and potential risk factors, is limited.
CDC recommendations for a community plan for the prevention and containment of suicide clusters. MMWR 1988;37(Suppl 6).
'CDC Recommendations for a Community Plan for the Prevention and Containment of Suicide Clusters.' Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 37:1-12.
'Mainstreaming' also potentially neglects unique aspects of Aboriginal suicidal behaviour that need to be addressed, including the lower age of Indigenous suicides, the frequency of suicide clusters, the association with complex patterns of community grief, the overwhelming predominance of alcohol, and the use of hanging (Tatz 1999).
The result is "copy cat" suicides or "suicide clusters." The modern combination of suicide promotion and the ease of access afforded by the Internet has brought the insidious notion of "rational suicide" to many who are easily caught in its simplistic view of life and death.
Lynch, a US psychologist, believes anorexia "epidemics" operate in the same manner as suicide clusters, where one example of extreme behaviour spurs others to mimic it.