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Table 3 Attitudes Towards Suicide Scale (ATTS): factors and single items

From: Attitudes toward suicidal behaviour among professionals at mental health outpatient clinics in Stavropol, Russia and Oslo, Norway

  Stavropol n = 112 Mean (95 % CI) Oslo n = 173 Mean (95 % CI) Stavropol Oslo n = 285
Physicians and Nurses Psychologists p Physicians and nurses Psychologists p   P
Factor 1: Avoidance of communication 3.4 (3.2–3.6) 3.0 (2.8–3.1) <0.001 2.3 (2.2–2.4) 2.2 (2.2–2.3) ns 3.1–2.3 <0.001
Factor 2: Suicide is acceptable 2.8 (2.5–3.1) 2.9 (2.8–3.1) ns 2.3 (2.2–2.5) 2.8 (2.7–3.0) <0.001 2.9–2.6 0.002
Factor 3: Suicide is common and understandable 2.7 (2.3–3.0) 2.9 (2.8–3.1) ns 2.5 (2.4–2.7) 2.8 (2.7–2.9) 0.002 2.9–2.7 0.012
Factor 4: Suicide can be prevented 4.3 (4.1–4.5) 4.1 (4.0–4.2) ns 4.6 (4.5–4.7) 4.5 (4.4–4.6) ns 4.2–4.5 <0.001
ATTS single items
2. Suicide can never be justified 4.0 (3.7–4.4) 3.4 (3.3–3.7) 0.008 3.2 (2.9–3.4) 2.9 (2.7–3.1) 0.024 3.7–3.0 <0.001
3. Suicide is the worst thing to do 3.9 (3.5–4.2) 3.2 (2.9–3.4) 0.003 3.4 (3.1–3.6) 2.9 (2.7–3.1) 0.006 3.4–3.1 0.018
9. Suicide prevention is a duty 4.7 (4.5–4.9) 4.3 (4.1–4.5) 0.017 4.8 (4.6–4.9) 4.5 (4.4–4.6) 0.007 4.4–4.6 0.032
13. Suicide should not be talked about 3.0 (2.5–3.5) 2.4 (2.2–2.6) 0.004 1.6 (1.5–1.8) 1.4 (1.3–1.5) 0.039 2.6–1.5 <0.001
27. I do not understand why people take their life 3.3 (2.9–3.7) 2.5 (2.3–2.7) <0.001 2.1 (2.0–2.4) 1.8 (1.6–1.9) 0.001 2.8–1.9 <0.001
35. Most suicide is trigged by conflicts 3.1 (2.8–3.1) 3.5 (3.4–3.7) 0.005 2.7 (2.5–2.9) 3.0 (2.9–3.2) 0.003 3.4–2.9 <0.001
  1. Scale:
  2. Do not vote at all = 1, Do not vote = 2, In doubt, depends on = 3, Votes largely = 4, Votes entirely = 5
  3. CI = Confidence Interval
  4. Ns = Non significant