Does Resilience Predict Suicidality? A Lifespan Analysis

Danica Liu, Alicia Fairweather-Schmidt, Rachel Roberts, Richard Burns, Kaarin Anstey

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    In this article, we examine the association between resilience and suicidality across the lifespan. Participants (n = 7485) from the Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project, a population sample from Canberra and Queanbeyan, Australia, were stratified into three age cohorts (20–24, 40–44, 60–64 years of age). Binary Logistic regression explored the association between resilience and suicidality. Across age cohorts, low resilience was associated with an increased risk for suicidality. However, this effect was subsequently made redundant in models that fully adjusted for other risk factors for suicidality among young and old adults. Resilience is associated with suicidality across the lifespan, but only those in midlife continued to report increased likelihood of suicidality in fully-adjusted models.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-464
    Number of pages12
    JournalArchives of Suicide Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014


    • age differences
    • life span
    • resilience
    • suicidality


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