Practitioners' experiences of adolescent suicidal behaviour in peer groups

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Briggs, S., Slater, T. and Bowley, J. 2017. Practitioners' experiences of adolescent suicidal behaviour in peer groups. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 24 (5), pp. 293-301.
AuthorsBriggs, S., Slater, T. and Bowley, J.
Abstract

Introduction

Group suicidal behaviour by young people can have harmful effects; it may be increasing, influenced by online media and reported increasing self-harm rates; new knowledge and understanding to inform interventions is required.
Aim

To explore how practitioners experience group suicidal behaviour amongst adolescents, how they assess risks/needs, and how these insights inform understanding about these groups.
Method

Ten practitioners, including Mental Health Nurses, were interviewed in one multidisciplinary CAMHS, in England. Data analysis was by Thematic Analysis (Braun & Clarke 2006).
Results

Participants described frequently working with suicidal groups. Roles in groups include suicide encouraging and preventing. Practitioners identify risky and protective connections between young people, online and offline. Clinical tensions include living with suicidal risks, emotional and positional challenges, and getting to grips with digital media.
Discussion

Peer groups appear to have a larger role in adolescent suicide than recognized to date. Practitioners need to assess young people's roles in groups, their diverse motivations and to understand constantly changing digital media.
Implications for practice

Assessments of suicide risk for young people should routinely include focus on peer relations including the online/digital realm. Maintaining relationships with vulnerable young people facilitates managing fluctuating risks and understanding different group dynamics.

Keywordsadolescents; peer groups; qualitative studies; self-harm; suicide clusters; thematic analysis
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Journal citation24 (5), pp. 293-301
ISSN1351-0126
1365-2850
Year2017
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/jpm.12388
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12388
Publication dates
Print19 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Jun 2017
Accepted16 Mar 2017
FunderTavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Copyright informationThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Briggs S, Slater T, Bowley J. Practitioners’ experiences of adolescent suicidal behaviour in peer groups. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2017;24:293–301, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12388. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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