Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorKlieve, Helen
dc.contributor.authorBarnes, Michael
dc.contributor.authorDe Leo, Diego
dc.contributor.editorP Bebbington (Editor-in-Chief)
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:39:26Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:39:26Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2010-09-24T06:49:06Z
dc.identifier.issn0933-7954
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00127-008-0435-9
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/22443
dc.description.abstractBackground Observed reductions in firearm suicides in Australia have been linked to the 1997 national firearms agreement (NFA) introduced following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. The NFA placed strong access restrictions on firearms. Aims To assess the impact of legislative restrictions on the incidence of firearm suicide in Queensland and explore alternative or contributory factors behind observed declines. Method The Queensland suicide register (QSR) provided detailed information on all male suicides in Queensland (1990-2004), with additional data for Australia (1968-2004) accessed from other official sources. Trends in suicide rates pre/post NFA, and in method selection, were assessed using negative binomial regressions. Changing method selection patterns were examined using a cohort analysis of 5 years of age classes for Australian males. Results The observed reduction in firearms suicides was initiated prior to the 1997 introduction of the NFA in Queensland and Australia, with a clear decline observed in Australian figures from 1988. No significant difference was found in the rate pre/post the introduction of the NFA in Queensland; however, a significant difference was found for Australian data, the quality of which is noticeably less satisfactory. A marked age-difference in method choice was observed through a cohort analysis demonstrating both time and age influences. Within sequential birth cohorts, rates of firearms suicides decreased in younger males but increased in hanging suicides; this trend was far less marked in older males. Conclusions The implemented restrictions may not be responsible for the observed reductions in firearms suicide. Data suggest that a change in social and cultural attitudes could have contributed to the shift in method preference.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSteinkopff
dc.publisher.placeBerlin, Germany
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom285
dc.relation.ispartofpageto292
dc.relation.ispartofissue5
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume44
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1103
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1702
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.titleControlling firearms use in Australia: has the 1996 gun law reform produced the decrease in rates of suicide with this method?
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Education and Professional Studies
gro.date.issued2008
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorDe Leo, Diego
gro.griffith.authorKlieve, Helen M.


Files in this item

FilesSizeFormatView

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Journal articles
    Contains articles published by Griffith authors in scholarly journals.

Show simple item record