The role of attachment styles and interpersonal problems in suicide-related behaviors.

  • Stepp S
  • Morse J
  • Yaggi K
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Abstract

The relationships among adult attachment styles, interpersonal problems, and categories of suicide-related behaviors (i.e., self-harm, suicide attempts, and their co-occurrence) were examined in a predominantly psychiatric sample (N = 406). Both anxious and avoidant attachment styles were associated with interpersonal problems. In turn, specific interpersonal problems differentially mediated the relations between attachment style and type of suicide-related behaviors. These findings suggest the importance of distinguishing between these groups of behaviors in terms of etiological pathways, maintenance processes, and treatment interventions.

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Authors

  • S.D. Stepp

  • J.Q. Morse

  • K.E. Yaggi

  • S.K. Reynolds

  • L.I. Reed

  • P.A. Pilkonis

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