Reactive and Proactive Aggression and Suicide Attempts Among Criminal Offenders

  • Swogger M
  • Walsh Z
  • Maisto S
 et al. 
  • 1


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


Outwardly directed aggression is associated with suicide attempts, but aggression is a heterogeneous construct. Increased specificity in our understanding of the link between aggression and suicide attempts can be attained by examining subtypes of aggression. We studied the relationships of reactive and proactive aggression to history of a suicide attempt among 96 criminal offenders in a pretrial supervision program. Consistent with prior findings in nonoffender samples, reactive aggression was associated with a history of suicide attempt after controlling for gender and depression. Proactive aggression was unrelated to suicide attempts. Results indicate that suicide risk assessments in forensic settings may be informed by the measurement of reactive aggression. © 2013 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.

Author-supplied keywords

  • aggression
  • proactive aggression
  • reactive aggression
  • suicide
  • violence

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • M.T. Swogger

  • Z. Walsh

  • S.A. Maisto

  • K.R. Conner

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free