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Developing a framework of behaviours before suicides at railway locations

Ryan, Brendan

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Abstract

Better knowledge of behaviours of people at railway property could help with identifying those at risk of suicide. Literature has been reviewed from a range of disciplines on what is known about studying behaviour in this type of public location. Secondary analysis has been carried out on descriptions of behaviour from structured exercises with experts and other pre-existing sources. A framework has been produced with five main classes (display of emotion, appearance, posture/movements, activities and interactions) and associated sub-classes. Commentary has been provided on factors that influence identification of suspicious behaviours, how to distinguish these from normal behaviours and the circumstances that inhibit timely reactions to the behaviour amidst the complexity of the operational railway. Opportunities to develop and use the framework are discussed, including using this to prompt collection of additional behavioural data from wider resources, enhancing staff training and developing requirements for effective use of surveillance technologies.

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Ryan, B. (2018). Developing a framework of behaviours before suicides at railway locations. Ergonomics, 61(5), 605-626. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2017.1401124

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2017
Publication Date May 4, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 7, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 16, 2018
Journal Ergonomics
Print ISSN 0014-0139
Electronic ISSN 1366-5847
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 5
Pages 605-626
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2017.1401124
Keywords Suicidal behaviour; railway; reporting; observation; surveillance technologies
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47928
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00140139.2017.1401124
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ergonomics on 15 November 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00140139.2017.1401124

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