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Nursing students' attitudes to suicide and suicidal persons: A cross‐national and cultural comparison between Turkey and the United Kingdom

Flood, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-5170-7792, Yilmaz, M., Phillips, L., Lindsay, T., Eskin, M., Hiley, J. and Tasdelen, B. (2018). Nursing students' attitudes to suicide and suicidal persons: A cross‐national and cultural comparison between Turkey and the United Kingdom. Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jpm.12461

Abstract

Introduction: Suicide is a major public health issue internationally and the impact of positive or negative attitudes amongst the mental health professional workforce warrants scrutiny. The study aimed to examine English and Turkish nursing students’ attitudes towards people with suicidal behaviour.

Method: This cross-cultural study reports on attitudes of 240 nursing students towards suicide in Turkey and 82 nursing students in the UK. A reliable and valid twenty-four item ‘Attitudes towards Suicide Scale’ and ‘Social Reactions to Suicidal Persons Scale’ were used to measure attitudes.

Results: The UK nursing students were found to display more accepting attitudes to suicide, and scored higher on acceptability of suicide, seeing suicide as a solution and open reporting and discussion of suicide subscales than their Turkish counterparts. Turkish nursing students scored higher on punishment after death and hiding suicidal behavior subscales than the UK students. Turkish nursing students scored significantly higher on deter ring subscale of reactions to a suicidal peer scale than the UK nursing students.

Implications for practice: It is vital for nurse students to develop positive acceptance of suicide through education, reflection and clinical supervision to be more therapeutic towards suicidal patients.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Flood, C. , Yilmaz, M., Phillips, L., Lindsay, T., Eskin, M., Hiley, J. and Tasdelen, B. (2018). Nursing students' attitudes to suicide and suicidal persons: A cross‐national and cultural comparison between Turkey and the United Kingdom. Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing, which is published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12461. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Publisher Keywords: Attitudes; cross-cultural; cross-national; nursing students; suicide; suicidal behaviour
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19504
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