Capable of suicide: A functional model of the acquired capability component of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide

Phillip N. Smith, Kelly C. Cukrowicz

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Abstract

A functional model of the acquired capability for suicide, a component of Joiner's (2005) Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide, is presented. A component of Joiner's (2005) Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide afunctional model of the acquired capability for suicide is presented. The model integrates the points discussed by Joiner into a unified and specific conceptualization of acquired capability. Several points are elaborated on, such as the interaction between specific diatheses with life events, the role of short-term bolsteringof the capability for suicide, and how contextual factors moderate the experienceof painful and provocative life events; thereby leading to fearlessness and pain insensitivity to the actions and ideas involved in suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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