Exploring the factor structure and correlates of capability for suicide

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Taylor Gamble (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
David McCord

Abstract: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with approximately 50,000 deaths in 2019. According to the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (IPTS; Van Orden et al., 2010), a leading perspective in this area, there are three major constructs that lead an individual to die by suicide: thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness, and capability for suicide. Capability is proposed as a key component in an individual’s transition from suicidal ideation to a lethal or near-lethal attempt. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory- 3 (MMPI-3; Ben-Porath & Tellegen, 2020a) is a psychological assessment that is used in a substantial number of settings and is the most recent version of the MMPI family of instruments. The purpose of the current study is to explore the factor structure of capability for suicide, a subconstruct of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, and to examine its associations with relevant MMPI-3 scales. Results may provide a deeper understanding of the capability for suicide variable, and, further, may provide clinicians with MMPI-3 scale patterns that are useful in assessing this construct.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2023
Belonging (Social psychology)
Suicidal behavior
Fear of death
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

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