The present study examined genuine and simulated suicide notes aiming to identify the measures of content that best differentiate between the two. Thirty-three genuine and thirty-three simulated suicide notes were content-analysed and data subjected to smallest space analysis (SSA), a Multidimensional Scaling Procedure. The core of all suicide notes was discovered to be constructed with the use of three variables: expressions of love, positive construction of partner and apologies. Furthermore, four different genuine suicide note themes ('planned escape', 'negative affect and self-mitigation', 'positive affect and failed relationship', 'lack of self-acceptance') and three simulated suicide note themes ('escape', 'positive affect and self-blame', 'purposeless life') were identified revealing that authentic suicide note themes were more internally consistent and clearer to interpret.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Forensic Science International|
|Early online date||1 Nov 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2014|
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- Department of Psychology - Professor
- School of Human and Health Sciences
- Secure Societies Institute - Director
- Behavioural Research Centre - Associate Member