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Suicidal women may risk their lives but not their social relationships


Pasculli, AJ and Harris, KM, Suicidal women may risk their lives but not their social relationships, Clinical Psychologist, 22, (1) pp. 46-54. ISSN 1328-4207 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 The Australian Psychological Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/cp.12103


Objective: Risk-taking is an important but understudied suicidal factor, particularly concerning women. This study examined a broad range of risk behaviours and perceptions that might aid the early detection of suicidality by clinicians and gatekeepers.

Method: A purposive anonymous online survey, preferable for collecting data on stigmatised issues, produced a sample of 273 Australian/New Zealand women (aged 1867 years) covering a broad spectrum of suicidal factors and risk-taking behaviours. Participants completed items on risk-taking perceptions and behavioural willingness, and the Suicidal Affect-Behavior-Cognition Scale. Demographic factors were controlled for in partial correlations and hierarchical regression modelling, which tested the validity of risk-taking variables as predictors of suicidality.

Results: Suicidality was positively associated with willingness to engage in infidelity, not wearing seatbelts or motorcycle helmets, and negatively associated with interpersonal risk-taking (unwillingness to endanger social relationships). Hierarchical regression modelling revealed these risk-taking perceptions and behaviours explained 34% of the variance in women's suicidality, after accounting for age and ethnicity.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated that some types of commonplace risk-taking, or avoidance, may serve as important indicators or warning signs for suicidal crises in women. Clinicians should consider possible underlying psychological distress when encountering these symptoms and behaviours.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:risk factors, warning signs, risk-taking, suicide prevention, women's health, mental health, social support, therapy, clinical evaluation, driving safety, ethnicity, gender, risk-taking, suicide prevention
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Harris, KM (Dr Keith Harris)
ID Code:111664
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-09-28
Last Modified:2018-03-07

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