Advisor

Wright, Stephen L.

Committee Member

Rings, Jeffrey A.

Committee Member

Johnson, Brian D., 1957-

Committee Member

Dunn, Thomas M.

Department

Applied Psychology and Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

7-22-2016

Genre

Thesis

Extent

239 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

As suicide rates have increased over the past decade, it has become increasingly important for researchers and clinicians to develop a better understanding of the factors that may influence suicide-related behavior. The present study investigated the interrelationships between attachment styles, constructs of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide, and self-reported suicide risk among a sample of undergraduate college students (N = 435). Structural equation modeling was utilized in order to develop a well-fitting model based on collected data. Results showed that attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance were positively associated with higher levels of perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness, but not the acquired capability of suicide. In turn, perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and the acquired capability for suicide were positively associated with higher levels of self-reported suicide risk. The indirect relationship between attachment anxiety and self-reported suicide risk was partially mediated by the constructs of the interpersonal theory of suicide and the indirect relationship between attachment avoidance and self-reported suicide risk was fully mediated by the constructs of the interpersonal theory of suicide. These results suggest that the assessment of attachment styles and the constructs of the interpersonal theory of suicide may play an important role in evaluating and understanding suicide risk.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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