Journal article

Understanding the characteristics and mechanisms underlying suicide clusters in Australian youth: a comparison of cluster detection methods

NTM Hill, LS Too, MJ Spittal, J Robinson

Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


AIMS: There is currently no gold-standard definition or method for identifying suicide clusters, resulting in considerable heterogeneity in the types of suicide clusters that are detected. This study sought to identify the characteristics, mechanisms and parameters of suicide clusters using three cluster detection methods. Specifically, the study aimed to: (1) determine the overlap in suicide clusters among each method, (2) compare the spatial and temporal parameters associated with different suicide clusters and (3) identify the demographic characteristics and rates of exposure to suicide among cluster and non-cluster members. METHODS: Suicide data were obtained from the National Coronial I..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council - Australian Government

Funding Acknowledgements

NH is a PhD student and was supported by the Australian Rotary Health PhD Partnership Scholarship. JR is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. LST was supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. MS is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (project number FT180100075) funded by the Australian Government.