Psychological resilience provides no independent protection from suicidal risk

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

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    Abstract

    Background: Little is known about the role of resilience in the likelihood of suicidal ideation (SI) over time. Aims: We examined the association between resilience and SI in a young-adult cohort over 4 years. Our objectives were to determine whether resilience was associated with SI at follow-up or, conversely, whether SI was associated with lowered resilience at follow-up. Method: Participants were selected from the Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project from Canberra and Queanbeyan, Australia, aged 28-32 years at the first time point and 32-36 at the second. Multinomial, linear, and binary regression analyses explored the association between resilience and SI over two time points. Models were adjusted for suicidality risk factors. Results: While unadjusted analyses identified associations between resilience and SI, these effects were fully explained by the inclusion of other suicidality risk factors. Conclusion: Despite strong cross-sectional associations, resilience and SI appear to be unrelated in a longitudinal context, once risk/resilience factors are controlled for. As independent indicators of psychological well-being, suicidality and resilience are essential if current status is to be captured. However, the addition of other factors (e.g., support, mastery) makes this association tenuous. Consequently, resilience per se may not be protective of SI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-139
    Number of pages10
    JournalCRISIS - THE JOURNAL OF CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION
    Volume37
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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