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Might the COVID-19 pandemic spur increased murder-suicide?

Thomas E. Joiner (Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Amy Lieberman (Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Ian H. Stanley (Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Mark A. Reger (VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington, USA)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Article publication date: 23 June 2020

Issue publication date: 10 July 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has prompted concerns about an increased risk for psychological distress, broadly and suicide mortality, specifically; it is, as yet, unclear if these concerns will be realized, but they are plausible.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors demonstrate why researchers, clinicians, policymakers and other public health stakeholders should be vigilant to the potential increases in murder-suicide in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Findings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports of increased gun sales, alcohol sales, intimate partner violence and child neglect/abuse. These factors give one serious pause regarding the potential for murder-suicide, especially in the context of other pandemic-related stressors (e.g. loneliness, economic stress, health anxiety).

Originality/value

This paper highlights pandemic-related factors that might spur increased murder-suicide and encourages murder-suicide prevention efforts to take place alongside other pandemic-related public health interventions.

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Citation

Joiner, T.E., Lieberman, A., Stanley, I.H. and Reger, M.A. (2020), "Might the COVID-19 pandemic spur increased murder-suicide?", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 177-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-05-2020-0502

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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