Insecure attachment and the personality dimensions of self-criticism and dependency have been proposed as risk factors for suicide in adolescents. The present study examines whether self-criticism and dependency mediate the relationship betweeninsecure attachment styles and suicidality. A sample of 340 high-school students (73.2% females), ranging in age from 13 to 20 years (M = 16.47, SD = 1.52), completed the Depressive Experiences Questionnaire for Adolescents, the Depressive ExperiencesQuestionnaire for Adolescents, the Attachment Style Questionnaire, and the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised. The results partially support the expected mediation effects. Self-criticism, but not dependency, mediates the link between insecure attachment(anxiety and avoidance) and suicide-related behaviors. Implications for suicide risk assessment and management are discussed.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Frontiers in Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Psychiatry and Mental health