Desire for control and the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behavior : results from a pilot investigation of adults in the United Kingdom

Saint-Cyr, Neielle and Gallagher, Brendan and Cramer, Robert J and Rasmussen, Susan (2021) Desire for control and the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behavior : results from a pilot investigation of adults in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. ISSN 0020-7640

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    Abstract

    Background: Suicidal behavior remains a pressing problem in the United Kingdom. Continued theory development is a critical step toward designing effective prevention. Aims: The present study tested a novel element to suicide theory, the Desire for Control, for its direct and moderating roles within the Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) Model of Suicidal Behavior. Method: An online-administered cross-sectional suicide risk survey study (n=116) was conducted among adults living in the United Kingdom. Results: Mean suicidal ideation scores were in the non-clinical range. DOC Leadership and Destiny Control were associated with good mental health. DOC Decision Avoidance was associated with poor mental health. DOC Decision Avoidance also acted as a motivational moderator in which the entrapment-suicidal thinking link was worse among those high in decisional avoidance. Conclusion: DOC represents a novel, valuable addition to suicide theory and may inform suicide-specific psychotherapeutic intervention. Additional research is needed to full understand the role of DOC and its factor structures in the IMV.

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    Saint-Cyr, Neielle, Gallagher, Brendan, Cramer, Robert J and Rasmussen, Susan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6408-0028;