Features of common representations of suiciders in young people

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Abstract

We discuss the first phase results of a research project dedicated to study of suicide representations in youth. In the framework of structural approach to social representations, we study features of structure and content of social representations of suiciders in two groups of young people (the criterion for group allocation was their acquaintance with people who has suicide attempts). Our sample (N = 106) consisted of representatives of several youth groups (students and working youths with specialized secondary, higher or incomplete higher education), aged 18 to 35 years (M = 23,48 years, SD = 4,36 years): 67 women and 39 men. The 1st group includes respondents personally acquainted with suicide attempters (44 respondents), the 2nd group – respondents without such experience. The subject of research were common representations of suiciders. We tested assumptions about the specificity of protective functions of social representations, as well as consistency of representations in the two groups of respondents.

General Information

Keywords: suicide, social representations theory, structure of representation, youth.

Journal rubric: Psychological Safety

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Bovina I.B., Dvoryanchikov N.V., Konopleva I.N. Features of common representations of suiciders in young people [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie psyedu.ru [Psychological Science and Education psyedu.ru], 2013. Vol. 5, no. 1 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Inna B. Bovina, Doctor of Psychology, Research Director, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9497-6199, e-mail: innabovina@yandex.ru

Nikolay V. Dvoryanchikov, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Dean, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1462-5469, e-mail: dvorian@gmail.com

Inga N. Konopleva, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8540-8667, e-mail: konopleva.i.n@gmail.com

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