ERIC Number: EJ785897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Interpersonal Reactions to Suicide Attempt: The Role of Respondent Causal Attributions
Paukert, Amber L.; Pettit, Jeremy W.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n6 p641-647 Dec 2007
Interpersonal responses to a depressed person with or without a suicide attempt were examined. It was hypothesized that the depressed person who attempted suicide would receive higher negative attributions and interpersonal rejection, and that attributions would mediate the relationship between exposure to a depressed person and rejection. Contrary to hypotheses, respondents were more willing to interact with, held higher esteem for, and endorsed lower negative attributions for the depressed person who attempted suicide. Mediation hypotheses were supported. Findings suggest that a suicide attempt may promote less negative attributions toward depressed individuals, which in turn dampen negative interpersonal reactions.
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Suicide, Predictor Variables, Rejection (Psychology), Depression (Psychology), Emotional Response, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Negative Attitudes, Hypothesis Testing, Interaction
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