Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment

Kirtley, O. J., Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment. In: Hirsch, J. K., Chang, E. C. and Kelliher Rabon, J. (eds.) A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide. Series: Advances in mental health and addiction. Springer: Cham, pp. 17-36. ISBN 9783030032241 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-03225-8_2)

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Despite the heavy focus upon risk factors for suicide, the presence or absence of protective factors are also instrumental in individuals’ vulnerability for developing suicidal ideation and behaviours. Future oriented constructs, including future thinking, future orientation, hope and optimism have been associated with suicidal ideation and behaviour; individuals who are less able to generate positive thoughts about the future, and those are less hopeful and optimistic are more likely to think about or engage in suicidal behaviours. The content and expectations of future thoughts as achievable also play a key role in their protective capacity. Within this chapter we discuss the relationships between future orientated constructs and suicidal ideation and behaviour, as well as potential mediators of these relationships, within the context of the new generation of ideation-to-action frameworks of suicidal behaviour. We also highlight challenges and opportunities for future research and intervention development for suicidal thoughts and behaviours using future oriented constructs.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory and Melson, Dr Ambrose and Kirtley, Dr Olivia
Authors: Kirtley, O. J., Melson, A. J., and O'Connor, R. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Published Online:26 February 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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