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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2011 Apr;41(2):149-59. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00021.x.

Marital breakdown, shame, and suicidality in men: a direct link?

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  • 1Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Brisbane QLD, Australia.

Abstract

The influence of feelings of shame originating from marital breakdown on suicidality is examined. The role of mental health problems as probable mediating factors is also considered. Internalized shame, state (related to separation) shame, and mental health problems were significantly correlated with the score for suicidality during separation in both genders. Tested structural equation model indicated that internalized shame was not directly linked to suicidality, but was mediated either by state shame or mental health problems in males in the context of separation. Our findings seem to indicate that separated males are more vulnerable to the experience of state shame in the context of separation, which might lead to the development of suicidality.

© 2011 The American Association of Suicidology.

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