Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology & Neuroscience

First Advisor

Mark Whisman, Ph.D.

Abstract

The present study was conducted to examine the association between marital discord and suicide ideation, suicide planning, and suicide attempt in a large, population-based sample of adults (n = 1,845). The study assessed whether the association between marital discord and suicidal behavior was incremental to demographic variables and the presence of current psychiatric disorders. Results indicate a statistically significant and positive association between marital discord and suicidal behaviors and that this association is incremental to demographic variables and psychiatric disorders. These results suggest that marital discord may be an important correlate of suicidal behaviors and support the need for future research on marital discord and suicidal behaviors.

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