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Dancing with death : the grey area between suicide related behavior, indifference and risk behaviors of heroin users

Miller, Peter G. 2006, Dancing with death : the grey area between suicide related behavior, indifference and risk behaviors of heroin users, Contemporary drug problems, vol. 33, no. 3, Fall, pp. 427-450.

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Title Dancing with death : the grey area between suicide related behavior, indifference and risk behaviors of heroin users
Author(s) Miller, Peter G.ORCID iD for Miller, Peter G. orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Journal name Contemporary drug problems
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Season Fall
Start page 427
End page 450
Total pages 24
Publisher Federal Legal Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Carmel, N.Y.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0091-4509
Summary Suicide-related behavior (SRB) among heroin users is a complex and multifaceted continuum, including such fringe areas as indifference and "risky" behavior. The article investigates the nuances and intersections of SRB, using qualitative semi-structured interviews with 60 regular heroin users recruited primarily from syringe programs in Geelong, Australia. Twenty-eight percent of interviewees reported a previous suicide attempt and 45% reported serious consideration of it. Types of SRB reported included: Suicide attempts, instrumental suicide-related behaviors, suicidal ideation, indifference and risk-taking thoughts and behaviors. Heroin users engage in much behavior which inhabits a grey area of SRB. The use of a nomenclature which addresses the elements of lethality and intent improves the ability of research to properly define and categorize SRB in drug-using populations. But the categories should not be overinclusive; indifferent attitudes towards death and risk-taking behaviors can sometimes be a functional response to the risk environment of heroin users.
Notes This material may not be reproduced in any form for commercial use without obtaining permission from Federal Legal Publications, Inc.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Federal Legal Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026424

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