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Suicide in post agreement Northern Ireland: A Study of the Role of Paramilitary Intimidation 2007-2009

Mallon, Sharon; Galway, Karen; Rondon-Sulbaran, Janeet; Hughes, Lynette and Leavey, Gerry (2019). Suicide in post agreement Northern Ireland: A Study of the Role of Paramilitary Intimidation 2007-2009. Suicidology Online, 10, article no. 3.

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Abstract

Since the end of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, there has been a rise in the number of acts of intimidation and Paramilitary Punishment Attacks (PPA). Anecdotally, some suicides have been linked to such incidents. To date, there has been a lack of research examining this association. This article details a case series study exploring how individual deaths by suicide in Northern Ireland were connected to intimidation. Data from Coroners, GP records and interviews with family members were examined to identify experiences of intimidation among a two-year cohort who died by suicide. Further case based analysis was conducted using a modified version of the psychological autopsy method. Our results indicate that in 19 male suicides there were incidents of intimidation in the twelve months prior to death. The suicides of these men are discussed in relation to the suicide model of entrapment. Our findings highlight the continuing problem of intimidation in Northern Ireland and suggest further research into the connection between these incidents and suicide is warranted.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 2078-5488
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Understanding SuicideNot SetPublic health agency Northern Ireland
Keywords: Northern Ireland; victims; political violence; trauma; entrapment; suicide; intimidation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 60457
Depositing User: Sharon Mallon
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 09:28
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 11:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/60457
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