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Belief and disbelief in the existence of genetic risk factors for suicide: cross-cultural comparisons.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18361135     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is evidence for widespread disbelief in the genetics of suicide, despite recent research progress in this area and convergent evidence supporting a role for genetic factors. This study analyzed the beliefs held in 8 samples (total N = 1224) of various types (psychology, medical, and various undergraduates, psychology graduates, and the general population) from 6 countries located on 3 continents (Austria, Canada, Malaysia, Romania, United Kingdom, and the USA). Endorsement rates for the existence of genetic risk factors for suicide ranged from 26% and 30% (Austrian psychology undergraduates and general population) to around 50% (psychology undergraduates in the USA and United Kingdom). In the 8 samples, respondents' sex, age, religiosity, political orientation, and other demographic variables were, for the most part, unrelated, but overall knowledge about suicide throughout was related positively to endorsement rates. Consistent with previous research, across a considerable variety of sample types and cultural settings there was no evidence for a clear majority believing in genetic bases for suicide.
Martin Voracek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological reports     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0033-2941     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Rep     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-25     Completed Date:  2008-05-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376475     Medline TA:  Psychol Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1189-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Basic Psychological Research, School of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Genetic Predisposition to Disease / psychology*
Middle Aged
Reproducibility of Results
Risk Factors
Suicide / psychology*
Suicide, Attempted / psychology*

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