The integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behavior

O'Connor, R. C. , Cleare, S. , Eschle, S., Wetherall, K. and Kirtley, O. J. (2016) The integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behavior. In: O'Connor, R. C. and Pirkis, J. (eds.) International Handbook of Suicide Prevention, Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 220-240. ISBN 9781118903278 (doi: 10.1002/9781118903223.ch13)

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This chapter describes the Integrated Motivational‐Volitional (IMV) model of suicidal behavior, which accounts for the complex interplay between biology, psychology, and social factors in the etiology and course of suicidal behavior. The IMV model builds on the empirical and conceptual evidence from other models and perspectives and is able to make differential predictions in respect of suicidal ideation/intent and behavior. Although the development of the IMV model was influenced by a number of different models, the main drivers were the Theory of Planned Behavior, the diathesis–stress hypothesis, and the arrested flight model of suicidal behavior. As suicidology has been dominated by the search for risk factors since its inception, greater emphasis should also be given to the further identification and promotion of protective factors. Indeed, the IMV model identifies three stages along the motivational‐volitional pathway for potential intervention, not to mention numerous opportunities to ameliorate risk in the premotivational phase.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory and Eschle, Miss Sarah and Cleare, Dr Seonaid and Wetherall, Miss Karen and Kirtley, Dr Olivia
Authors: O'Connor, R. C., Cleare, S., Eschle, S., Wetherall, K., and Kirtley, O. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell

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