The role of perfectionism and autobiographical memory in a sample of parasuicide patients

Rasmussen, S. A., O'Connor, R. C. and Brodie, D. (2008) The role of perfectionism and autobiographical memory in a sample of parasuicide patients. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 29(2), pp. 64-72. (doi:10.1027/0227-5910.29.2.64)

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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between social perfectionism, overgeneral autobiographical memory recall, and psychological distress (hopelessness, depression/anxiety, and suicidal ideation) in a sample of parasuicide patients. Forty patients who had been admitted to a Scottish hospital following an episode of deliberate self-harm participated in the study. The participants completed the autobiographical memory task and a battery of self-report measures (multidimensional perfectionism, hopelessness, depression/anxiety, and suicidal ideation). The results showed that repetitive self-harmers were more overgeneral in their recall of positive autobiographical memories than were first-time self-harmers. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that socially prescribed perfectionism interacted with overgeneral recall of both positive and negative memories to predict suicidal ideation/depression. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brodie, Dr Dallas and O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: Rasmussen, S. A., O'Connor, R. C., and Brodie, D.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
Publisher:Hogrefe Publishing
ISSN:0227-5910
ISSN (Online):2151-2396

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