Victimization and Exposure to Pro-Self-Harm and Pro-Suicide Websites: A Cross-National Study

Jaana Minkkinen*, Atte Oksanen, Markus Kaakinen, Teo Keipi, Pekka Räsänen

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Abstract

The study of websites displaying methods of both physical self-harm and suicide has become an important aspect of deliberate self-injury and suicide research. However, little is known about contextual factors related to entering such sites. Using data from 3,567 respondents aged 15-30 in the US, UK, Germany, and Finland, we found that experiences of victimization are associated with entering pro-self-harm sites and pro-suicide sites. Also, the victimization context had relevance, as online victimization was particularly related to pro-self-harm behavior. The findings suggest a need to organize more specific online support for the victims of violence and online aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-26
Number of pages13
JournalSUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT
  • INTERNET HARASSMENT
  • INJURY
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • ESTEEM
  • ASSOCIATION
  • DEPRESSION
  • VIOLENCE
  • SAMPLES

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