Suicidal behavior as a cry of pain: test of a psychological model

O'Connor, R. C. (2003) Suicidal behavior as a cry of pain: test of a psychological model. Archives of Suicide Research, 7(4), pp. 297-308. (doi: 10.1080/713848941)

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The cry of pain hypothesis (Pollock & Williams, 2001; Williams, 2001) is a psychological model of suicidal behavior that extends existing theories of escape (Baumeister, 1990) and arrested flight (Gilbert & Allan, 1998). The model conceptualizes suicidal behavior as the response (the cry) to a situation that has three components: defeat, no escape and no rescue. In this study, the model was tested empirically in a case control study, by comparing suicidal patients and matched hospital controls on measures of affect, stress and post-traumatic stress. The logistic regression analyses yielded evidence to support the model. The implications for future research are described.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: O'Connor, R. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Archives of Suicide Research
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1543-6136
Published Online:15 December 2010

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