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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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
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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