Physical Disability and the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide

Lauren R. Khazem, Danielle R. Jahn, Kelly C. Cukrowicz, Michael D. Anestis

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Interpersonal Theory of Suicide constructs were examined in individuals with physical disabilities, a population identified as having heightened suicidal ideation. Students (N = 184) answered online-based self-report questionnaires. Students with physical disabilities (n = 49) were expected to endorse higher levels of constructs relative to other students (n = 133). Analyses of covariance indicated that those with disabilities reported higher perceived burdensomeness, but not thwarted belongingness, fearlessness about death, or suicidal ideation. Suicide prevention efforts, particularly in university settings, may benefit from focusing on reducing perceived burdensomeness in this population, as these individuals may be at heightened risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-646
Number of pages6
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 26 2015


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