A structural test of the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behaviour

Dhingra, K., Boduszek, D. and O'Connor, R. C. (2016) A structural test of the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behaviour. Psychiatry Research, 239, pp. 169-178. (doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.03.023)

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Suicidal behaviours are highly complex, multi-determined phenomena. Despite this, historically research has tended to focus on bivariate associations between atheoretical demographic and/or psychiatric factors and suicidal behaviour. The aim of this study was to empirically test the Integrated Motivational-Volitional model of suicidal behaviour using structural equation modeling. Healthy adults (N = 1, 809) completed anonymous self-report surveys. The fit of the proposed model was good, and explained 79% of variance in defeat, 83% of variance in entrapment, 61% of variance in suicidal ideation, and 27% of variance in suicide attempts. All proposed paths were significant except for those between goal re-engagement and two factors of suicide resilience (Internal Protective and External Protective) and suicidal ideation; and impulsivity and discomfort intolerance and suicide attempts. These findings represent a preliminary step towards greater clarification of the mechanisms driving suicidal behaviour, and support the utility of basing future research on the Integrated Motivational–Volitional model of suicidal behaviour.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) model of suicidal behavior, theoretical, suicide, structural equation modeling.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: Dhingra, K., Boduszek, D., and O'Connor, R. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Psychiatry Research
ISSN (Online):1872-7123
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
First Published:First published in Psychiatry Research 239:169-178
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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