Factors associated with attitudes toward suicide: Among Japanese pharmacists participating in the board certified psychiatric pharmacy specialist seminar

Manami Kodaka, Masatoshi Inagaki, Mitsuhiko Yamada

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Background: Pharmacists could play a significant role in providing care for suicidal individuals. Previous studies reported that gatekeeper attitudes toward suicide could affect caregiving behaviors toward people at risk for suicide. Nevertheless, only few studies have examined the attitudes of pharmacists toward suicide. Aims: This study explores the factors associated with the attitudes of pharmacists toward suicide. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire and written explanation of the study were mailed to 541 pharmacists who had registered for the Board Certified Psychiatry Pharmacy Specialist Seminar in Tokyo, Japan. A Japanese version of the Attitudes Toward Suicide questionnaire was used to assess participant attitudes toward suicide. Multivariate analysis of covariance was used to assess relationships between participant attitudes toward suicide as well as demographics, occupational, and personal factors. Results: Participants who had previously received suicide-related education were more likely to have positive attitudes toward suicide prevention. Conversely, those with a lifetime history of suicidal thoughts had more permissive attitudes toward one's right to commit suicide. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that pharmacist suicide prevention training programs should aim to alter permissiveness attitudes of trainees toward suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-427
Number of pages8
JournalCrisis
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Pharmacists
Suicide
Psychiatry
Permissiveness
Education
Tokyo
Japan
Multivariate Analysis
Demography

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • ATTS
  • Education
  • Japan
  • Pharmacist
  • Suicide
  • Training

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Factors associated with attitudes toward suicide : Among Japanese pharmacists participating in the board certified psychiatric pharmacy specialist seminar. / Kodaka, Manami; Inagaki, Masatoshi; Yamada, Mitsuhiko.

In: Crisis, Vol. 34, No. 6, 2013, p. 420-427.

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