Connectedness and Perceived Burdensomeness among Adolescents at Elevated Suicide Risk: An Examination of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behavior
Published Date:Mar 09 2015
Source:Arch Suicide Res. 19(3):385-400.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4665648
Funding:K24 MH077705/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
K24 MH077705/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
U01 CE001940/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS/United States
U01-CE-001940-01/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS/United States
The interpersonal theory of suicidal behavior emphasizes the constructs of perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and acquired capacity, which warrant investigation in adolescents at-risk for suicide due to interpersonal stressors.
This study examined one component of the interpersonal theory of suicidal behavior, “suicidal desire” (suicidal ideation), in 129 adolescents (12–15 years) recruited from a general medical emergency department who screened positive for bully victimization, bully perpetration, or low interpersonal connectedness.
Greater perceived burdensomeness combined with low family connectedness was a significant predictor of suicidal ideation.
This suggests the importance of addressing connectedness and perceptions of burdensomeness in prevention and early intervention efforts with at-risk adolescents.
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