Year: 2006 Source: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.52, no.6, (November 2006), p.535-551 SIEC No: 20070203

The aims of this study were to identify explanatory models of suicidal behaviour & to determine possible incompatabilities between lay (general public & suicide attempters) & expert (general practitioners & psychiatrists) views. Five explanatory models were identified: personality, sociological, medical, crisis, & genetic. Significant group differences on the explanatory models were found with lay people favouring crisis, sociological, & medical models & the experts sharing belief in the medical, genetic, & crisis models.