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ERIC Number: EJ910511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
The Internal Suicide Debate Hypothesis: Exploring the Life versus Death Struggle
Harris, Keith M.; McLean, John P.; Sheffield, Jeanie; Jobes, David
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n2 p181-192 Apr 2010
Researchers and theorists (e.g., Shneidman, Stengel, Kovacs, and Beck) hypothesized that suicidal people engage in an internal debate, or struggle, over whether to live or die, but few studies have tested its tenability. This study introduces direct assessment of a suicidal debate, revealing new aspects of suicidal ideation. Results, from an online survey (N = 1,016), showed nearly all suicide-risk respondents engaged in the debate. In addition, debate frequency accounted for 54% of the variance in suicidality scores, and showed significant associations with other indicators of suicide risk. Likely factors of the debate, reasons for living and dying, showed significant differences by suicidality, and most suicide-risk participants reported going online for such purposes, demonstrating a behavioral component of the debate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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