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Special Issue "Suicide, Homicide, and Self-Harm in Family Carers"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2019).
Ageing & Family Care, University of Exeter Medical School, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter, UK
Interests: family care; suicide; homicide; self-harm; psychosocial interventions; ageing; dementia; social media and health; professional development in academia
I am delighted to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of Behavioral Sciences, focused on suicide, homicide, and self-harm in family carers. More than five decades of research has shown that carers experience higher than average rates of physical and mental health problems, but it is only recently that researchers have begun to explore self-harm, suicide, and homicide in this population. Initial estimates suggest that rates of suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and self-harm are high in carers, but much remains to be understood about these complex phenomena. For example, how do rates of suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and self-harm vary by relationship, illness/disability, and cultural context? What are the rates of completed suicide, homicide, and homicide–suicide in family carers, and how do they vary by relationship, illness/disability, and cultural context? What are the risk and protective factors for suicide, homicide, and self-harm in carers? How well do existing theories of suicide, homicide, and self-harm explain the thoughts and behaviors of carers? How do health systems, criminal justice systems, and the media respond to self-harm, suicide, and homicide in carers? Additionally, what can be done in practice and policy to identify and support at-risk carers? It is expected that submissions to this Special Issue will answer these and many other questions.
This issue will focus specifically on people providing unpaid care to a family member or friend with an illness or disability (known as carers in most parts of the world and caregivers in the US). Beyond that, however, the scope is broad. I welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, using a wide range of research methods and focusing on a wide range of carers and care-recipients. Both theoretical and empirical work are welcome, as are primary and secondary data analyses and evidence synthesis.
If you wish to discuss your paper prior to submission, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Siobhan O’Dwyer
Manuscript Submission Information
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