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Crisis. 2014;35(3):186-92. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000250.

Preliminary results from an examination of episodic planning in suicidal behavior.

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<location>Department of Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, USA</location>

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Prior research has reported that a substantial portion of suicidal behavior occurs impulsively. These studies, however, have been unable to assess for episodic planning.

AIMS:

To provide preliminary support for the plausibility and utility of assessing episodic, nonlinear planning in suicidal behavior.

METHOD:

Fifty undergraduates with a prior history of suicidal behavior responded to a series of questions assessing level of attempt, method, and level of planning during their most recent self-reported suicide attempt.

RESULTS:

Level of intent was positively associated with planning, and the modal individual whose most recent attempt involved clear intent to die endorsed planning for at least 1 year.

CONCLUSION:

These preliminary data support the plausibility and potential utility of assessing episodic planning and indicate that suicide attempts involving a clear intent to die typically require extensive levels of planning and rarely (if ever) emerge without forethought.

KEYWORDS:

impulsivity; suicide; suicide attempts

PMID:
24901059
DOI:
10.1027/0227-5910/a000250
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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