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What are the Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviours Amongst Young University Students Aged 29 years and Under?

Barnett, Larissa; (2020) What are the Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviours Amongst Young University Students Aged 29 years and Under? Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis is concerned with understanding the risk factors for suicidal behaviour amongst young university students in the UK. Part one reviews the evidence for the recent ‘ideation to action’ models of suicide, as well as the theories that have led to their development, amongst young people aged 29 years and under. The constructs of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of suicide (IPT; Joiner, 2005) emerge as the most researched, and empirically supported, risk factors amongst young populations. However, the concepts of the IPT do not always relate to youth suicide in the ways that the model predicts. Research exploring the Integrated Motivational-Volitional model (O’Connor, 2011) and the Three Step Theory (3ST; Klonsky & May, 2015) amongst young populations is sparse and limited by cross-sectional designs and methodological decisions. Part two explores the constructs of the 3ST and the IPT as risk factors for suicidal behaviour amongst 355 young UK university students. Perceived burdensomeness, psychache and depression are identified as particularly relevant to suicidal behaviours amongst this population. Psychache is also found to fully mediate the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and suicidal ideation. Implications are discussed. Part three offers a critical appraisal of this thesis. It discusses the challenges of time encountered throughout this project and reflects on the real-world implications that these challenges may have on research and clinical practices. It also reflects on the researcher’s personal contexts and how these may have impacted on the project.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: What are the Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviours Amongst Young University Students Aged 29 years and Under?
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112349
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