Adolescent suicide attempts in Baerum, Norway, 1984-2006: Trends, triggers, and underlying reasons

Background: There are presently few international studies that examine adolescents’ own experience of both triggering and the underlying reasons behind their suicide attempts. Aims: To present the rates, triggering factors, and underlying reasons for such behavior. Methods: The 23-year (1984-2006) surveillance study reported includes all general hospital-treated suicide attempters aged between 13 and 19 years (n = 254) […]

When people die by suicide: Introducing unacceptable loss thresholds as a potential missing link between suicide readiness states and actively suicidal clinical states

Introduction Contemporary models of suicide have largely overlooked why a person at high risk for suicide attempts suicide at a specific time. We propose the construct of unacceptable loss thresholds (i.e., a person’s tolerance limit for a negative life event, which if violated results in an increase in suicide risk), which addresses many paradoxes in the literature […]

Diminished responses to bodily threat and blunted interoception in suicide attempters

Psychological theories of suicide suggest that certain traits may reduce aversion to physical threat and increase the probability of transitioning from suicidal ideation to action. Here, we investigated whether blunted sensitivity to bodily signals is associated with suicidal action by comparing individuals with a history of attempted suicide to a matched psychiatric reference sample without […]

Trigger warning efficacy: The impact of warnings on affect, attitudes, and learning

The purpose of trigger warnings is to prevent distress by giving prior notice about sensitive topics, but there is little empirical evidence to support their effectiveness in psychology education. The current research examined the effects of trigger warnings on affect, learning, and attitudes. Study 1 (N = 353) presented an online sample of adults with […]