The beliefs in the Inheritance of Risk Factors for suicide Scale (birfss)

Cross-cultural validation in Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Martin Voracek, Lisa Mariella Loibl, Viren Swami, Mona Vintilǎ, Kairi Kõlves, Dhachayani Sinniah, Subash Kumar Pillai, Ponnusamy Subramaniam, Gernot Sonneck, Adrian Furnham Dlitt, David Lester

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Abstract

The genetics of suicide is increasingly recognized and relevant for mental health literacy, but actual beliefs may lag behind current knowledge. We examined such beliefs in student samples (total N=686) from Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States with the Beliefs in the Inheritance of Risk Factors for Suicide Scale. Cultural effects were small, those of key demographics nil. Several facets of construct validity were demonstrated. Marked differences in perceived plausibility of evidence about the genetics of suicide according to research design, observed in all samples, may be of general interest for investigating lay theories of abnormal behavior and communicating behavioral and psychiatric genetic research findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-698
Number of pages11
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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Estonia
Romania
Malaysia
Suicide
Behavioral Genetics
Health Literacy
Genetic Research
Psychiatry
Mental Health
Research Design
Demography
Students
United Kingdom

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Clinical Psychology

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The beliefs in the Inheritance of Risk Factors for suicide Scale (birfss) : Cross-cultural validation in Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. / Voracek, Martin; Loibl, Lisa Mariella; Swami, Viren; Vintilǎ, Mona; Kõlves, Kairi; Sinniah, Dhachayani; Pillai, Subash Kumar; Subramaniam, Ponnusamy; Sonneck, Gernot; Dlitt, Adrian Furnham; Lester, David.

In: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 38, No. 6, 12.2008, p. 688-698.

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Voracek, Martin ; Loibl, Lisa Mariella ; Swami, Viren ; Vintilǎ, Mona ; Kõlves, Kairi ; Sinniah, Dhachayani ; Pillai, Subash Kumar ; Subramaniam, Ponnusamy ; Sonneck, Gernot ; Dlitt, Adrian Furnham ; Lester, David. / The beliefs in the Inheritance of Risk Factors for suicide Scale (birfss) : Cross-cultural validation in Estonia, Malaysia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2008 ; Vol. 38, No. 6. pp. 688-698.
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