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Table 4 Change in attitudes to suicide prevention: pre-training – immediately post-training.

From: Dissemination and implementation of suicide prevention training in one Scottish region

Item   N Time 1 (Pre) Time 2 (Post) Mean change P
    Mean SD Mean SD Mean 95% CI* value**
1 I resent being asked to do more about suicide. 201 1.50 0.63 1.43 0.54 -0.06 -0.13 – +0.00 0.077
2 Suicide prevention is not my responsibility. 202 1.70 0.70 1.56 0.61 -0.14 -0.24 – -0.04 0.005
3 Making more funds available to the appropriate health services would make no difference to the suicide rate. 202 2.04 0.76 1.88 0.89 -0.16 -0.28 – -0.04 0.003
4 Working with suicidal patients is rewarding. 202 2.54 0.77 2.27 0.70 -0.28 -0.39 – -0.17 0.000
5 If people are serious about committing suicide they don't tell anyone. 203 2.30 0.87 1.81 0.67 -0.49 -0.61 – -0.37 0.000
6 I feel defensive when people offer advice about suicide prevention. 199 1.95 0.73 1.82 0.64 -0.14 -0.25 – -0.02 0.014
7 It is easy for people not involved in clinical practice to make judgements about suicide prevention. 196 3.42 0.91 3.32 1.02 -0.10 -0.23 – +0.03 0.199
8 If a person survives a suicide attempt, then this was a ploy for attention. 202 1.86 0.73 1.53 0.58 -0.33 -0.42 – -0.23 0.000
9 People have the right to take their own lives. 196 3.28 0.90 3.26 0.86 -0.02 -0.11 – +0.07 0.601
10 Since unemployment & poverty are the main causes of suicide there is little that an individual can do to prevent it. 202 1.74 0.50 1.66 0.56 -0.08 -0.16 – -0.00 0.026
11 I don't feel comfortable assessing for suicide risk. 203 2.70 1.01 2.01 0.69 -0.69 -0.82 – -0.56 0.000
12 Suicide prevention measures are a drain on resources which would be more useful elsewhere. 201 1.72 0.63 1.51 0.52 -0.21 -0.30 – -0.13 0.000
13 There is no way of knowing who is going to commit suicide. 202 2.53 0.84 2.17 0.86 -0.37 -0.48 – -0.25 0.000
14 What proportion of suicides do you consider preventable? 196 2.70 0.75 2.46 0.70 -0.24 -0.33 – -0.15 0.000
  Total 180 32.06 4.63 28.69 4.58 -3.37 -3.93 – -2.81 0.000
  1. Scoring range (per item):1 (positive attitude) – 5 (negative attitude)
  2. *paired t-test **wilcoxon signed ranks test
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