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Study to Examine Psychological Processes in Suicidal Ideation and Behavior (STEPPS)

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Annual rept. 1 Apr 2013-30 Apr 2014

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This study aims to address the dearth in basic science in suicidology by looking at components of two new psychological models that endeavor to identify suicide-specific individual differences factors and patterns of thinking the Integrated Motivational Volitional Model IMV O Connor 2011 and the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide IPT Joiner, 2005. The project is divided into 6 separate studies experimental, prospective, clinical that aim to advance our understanding of the basic psychological processes associated with suicidal ideation and behavior. Study 1 the Scottish Wellbeing Study is a large scale general population based prospective study of young people across Scotland. Study 2 uses a clinical population of patients recently admitted to hospital for self-harm with a 6 month follow-up. Studies 3 and 4 are longitudinal studies that incorporate an experimental component designed to compare changes in pain sensitivity before and after a social stress or defeat manipulation. Studies 5 and 6 investigate the relationship between heightened stress reactivity and suicidality in both a laboratory and real-life setting. Baseline recruitment is complete for study 1 and is ongoing for studies 2, 4 and 5. Studies 3 and 6 are currently being piloted.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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