Association between deliberate self-harm-related Internet searches and the mental states and lifetime suicidal behaviors of Japanese young adults
Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2012
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Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 66, Issue 5, pages 451–453, August 2012
How to Cite
Sueki, H. (2012), Association between deliberate self-harm-related Internet searches and the mental states and lifetime suicidal behaviors of Japanese young adults. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 66: 451–453. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2012.02357.x
- Issue online: 26 JUL 2012
- Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2012
- Received 17 November 2011; revised 26 March 2012; accepted 12 April 2012.
- deliberate self-harm;
- search engine;
- young adults
This study aimed to clarify the association between the experience of searching for deliberate self-harm (DSH)-related Internet content and the mental states and lifetime suicidal behaviors of Japanese young adults (n = 1000) using an online questionnaire. The results were assessed using χ2 and t-tests, which revealed that the experience of DSH-related Internet searches may be significantly associated with lifetime suicidal behaviors (including DSH), suicidal ideation, and tendencies towards depression/anxiety. We discussed the possibility of using search engines to increase the motivation of Japanese young adults who deliberately harmed themselves with regard to seeking help.