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Table 4 Responses to three questions about suicide-related knowledge from the Scale of Public Attitudes about Suicide (SPAS) by 179 psychiatrists from Shanghai and 548 urban community members

From: Cross-sectional study of attitudes about suicide among psychiatrists in Shanghai

Question Sample Definitely agree% Mostly agree% Neither agree nor disagree% Mostly disagree% Definitely disagree%
Persons who have attempted suicide may repeat their suicidal behaviora Psychiatrists 50.3 40.8 7.3 1.7 0.0
Community members 36.3 36.3 12.2 6.8 8.4
Talking about suicide-related issues with an individual does not precipitate suicidal behaviorb Psychiatrists 12.3 24.6 25.7 29.6 7.8
Community members 5.5 7.2 13.7 28.3 45.3
Individuals who say they intend to kill themselves may actually do itc Psychiatrists 15.6 25.7 21.2 32.4 5.0
  Community members 10.2 14.6 17.7 38.1 19.3
  1. aMann–Whitney rank test Z = 4.90 (p < 0.001).
  2. bMann–Whitney rank test Z = 10.12 (p < 0.001).
  3. cMann–Whitney rank test Z = 5.43 (p < 0.001).