We're all gonna die anyway: uncovering motives for suicide ideation using a goal regulation perspective on living
LE3 .A278 2018
Bachelor of Science
Approximately every 40 seconds someone in the world commits suicide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2015), this amounts to 800,000 people losing their lives to suicide each year. The aim of the present research is to add insight as to why someone may consider suicide by implementing a goal regulation perspective on living, as survival is a goal like any other. In the following study, I manipulated death thoughts through a standard mortality salience (vs dental pain) induction. After a delay period, I had participants recall a time in which a goal that was very important to them ended in failure (vs. achievement). It was predicted that mortality salience would increase participant's openness to suicide if they recalled a failure and were low in life satisfaction. This pattern was not observed. Result suggested that among participants with high life satisfaction who were reminded of an achievement, mortality salience significantly reduced openness to suicide. Although the results did not identify significant predicters of increased openness to die by suicide, the observed significant effect may nevertheless provide insights for future research.
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