Developing a framework of behaviours before suicides at railway locations

Ryan, Brendan (2017) Developing a framework of behaviours before suicides at railway locations. Ergonomics . ISSN 1366-5847

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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.

Item Type: Article
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
Keywords: Suicidal behaviour; railway; reporting; observation; surveillance technologies
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1401124
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 11:00
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 14:05
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47928

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