Traits and triggers: individual differences in neuroticism and adult attachment style influence susceptibility to interpersonal risk factors for suicidal ideation and behaviours

Elise Hartley

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Abstract

The current thesis investigates individual differences in neuroticism and adult attachment style as risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Using the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, this dissertation demonstrates that;
a)Neuroticism confers vulnerability for experiencing the interpersonal precursors for suicidal desire.
b)This vulnerability will only correspond to increased risk for suicidal actions once a capability for suicide has been acquired.
c)Insecure adult attachment styles are not equivalently at risk for suicide. A fearful-avoidant attachment style is associated with vulnerability, whilst a dismissive-avoidant attachment style confers resilience.
These findings have implications for improving specificity of risk assessment.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date3 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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