How do recruits and superintendents perceive the problem of suicide in the Italian State Police?



Background. Suicide in international police is 2-3-fold that of the general population. Risk factors include suicidal ideation, diagnosis of mood or post-traumatic stress disorders, family/psychological problems, suffered abuse, alcohol use, service suspension, and stigma. A false stigma-related myth is to believe that suicide does not cause concern within military settings. Methods. We administered post-training to 6,103 Italian Police workers a 30-item questionnaire to assess the perception of suicidal phenomena. We conducted descriptive statistics and principal component analysis (PCA). Results. PCA identified six main areas, i.e., interest and multifactoriality; need for new preventive interventions; emotional reaction to suicide; utility of current preventive interventions; indifference and minimization; intervention difficulties. Conclusions. The questionnaire showed content validity and consistency in investigating perceptions about suicide in the State Police. Data synthesis showed a mature approach and appropriate perception of the suicide problem on behalf of Italian State Police workers.

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Cinzia Grassi - Center of Neurology and Medical Psychology, Healthcare Central Operations Service, Central Directorate of Health, Department of Public Security, Italian Ministry of the Interior, Rome

Antonio Del Casale - Sapienza University, Rome

Stefano Ferracuti

Petri Cucè

Roberto Santorsa

Andrea Pelliccione

Gemma Marotta

Giuseppe Tavella

Roberto Tatarelli

Paolo Girardi

Chiara Rapinesi

Georgios D. Kotzalidis

Maurizio Pompili

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Grassi, C., Del Casale, A., Ferracuti, S., Cucè, P., Santorsa, R., Pelliccione, A., … Pompili, M. (2018). How do recruits and superintendents perceive the problem of suicide in the Italian State Police?. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 54(2), 82–89. Retrieved from
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