Mood states as predictors of characteristics and precipitants of suicidality among college students

Elaine A. Hess, Martin A. Becker, Keenan A. Pituch, Andrea K. Saathoff

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Abstract

This article examines college students' self-reported mood states during a suicidal crisis and the relationship between mood and indicators of suicidality. Multilevel modeling demonstrated that the moods of hopelessness and anger predicted stronger intent; anxiety/worry predicted weaker thoughts of suicide; hopelessness increased the odds of receiving professional help, having a specific plan, and having contemplated methods; and guilt decreased the odds of having made preparations for an attempt. The associations between mood and precipitants of suicidal ideation are presented. Implications of these findings for increasing collaboration during the course of risk assessment and treatment are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of College Student Psychotherapy
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • College students
  • Mood states
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide
  • Suicide intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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