Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Psychology

Date of Award

8-2014

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Jameson K. Hirsch

Committee Members

Jon Webb, Stacey Williams

Abstract

Suicide is a public health problem and complex relationships exist between intrapersonal suicide risk factors and interpersonal risk factors. Health-related quality of life (HRQL) may interact with difficulties with interpersonal relationships and psychopathology. We examined thwarted interpersonal needs and depressive symptoms as potential mediators on the association between HRQL and suicidal behaviors. It was hypothesized that thwarted interpersonal needs would mediate the association between HRQL and suicidal behavior, and that this mediating effect would be dependent on the moderating effect of depressive symptoms. It was hypothesized that thwarted interpersonal needs and then depressive symptoms would sequentially mediate the association between HRQL and suicidal behavior. The mediating roles of thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness on the association between HRQL and suicidal behaviors were supported. Moderated-mediation results were not significant. Serial mediations analyses were partially supported. Our findings suggest the importance of considering both interand intrapersonal factors on suicidal behavior.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

Share

COinS