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The beliefs in the inheritance of risk factors for suicide ccale (BIRFSS): cross-cultural validation in Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Voracek, Martin and Loibl, Lisa Mariella and Swami, Viren and Vintilă, Mona and Kõlves, Kairi and Sinniah, Dhachayani and Pillai, Subash K. and Ponnusamy, Subramaniam and Sonneck, Gernot and Furnham, Adrian and Lester, David (2008) The beliefs in the inheritance of risk factors for suicide ccale (BIRFSS): cross-cultural validation in Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38 (6). pp. 688-698. ISSN 0363-0234

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/suli.2008.38.6.688

Abstract

The genetics of suicide is increasingly recognized and relevant for mental health literacy, but actual beliefs may lag behind current knowledge. We examined such beliefs in student samples (total N = 686) from Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States with the Beliefs in the Inheritance of Risk Factors for Suicide Scale. Cultural effects were small, those of key demographics nil. Several facets of construct validity were demonstrated. Marked differences in perceived plausibility of evidence about the genetics of suicide according to research design, observed in all samples, may be of general interest for investigating lay theories of abnormal behavior and communicating behavioral and psychiatric genetic research findings.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:6776
Deposited On:06 May 2009 10:50
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