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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012, pp. 50-56
Bioline Code: mj12053
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012, pp. 50-56

 en Suicide and the Publicly Exposed Pedophile
Walter, Garry & Pridmore, Saxby

Abstract


Background: Current clinical wisdom is that the vast majority of those who complete suicide suffer from a mental disorder. Uncritical adherence to this belief may limit our understanding and restrict the full range of prevention activities. We aimed to examine the public record for accounts of suicide by men who had been, or were about to be, investigated or apprehended for “sex only” child sex offences, with a view to presenting a collection of case histories, and identifying examples of suicide in the apparent absence of mental disorder other than pedophilia.
Method: The public record (hard and electronic copy) was examined.
Results: Twenty case histories were identified of men with no apparent mental disorder (other than pedophilia) who completed suicide shortly after exposure or threatened public exposure and/or early or potential legal punishment.
Conclusion: This evidence strongly suggests that exposure or threatened public exposure of pedophilia and/or early or potential legal punishment creates a predicament, which may lead to completed suicide.

Keywords
communications media, mental disorders, suicide, pedophilia, prevention

 
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