Year: 2017 Source: Death Studies.(2016) SIEC No: 20170105

Suicide is a leading cause of death in US prisons. Prisoners may be at risk for suicide due to their

greater likelihood of experiencing events that promote the acquired capability for suicide. The

current study examined the associations of 10 domains of life experiences with the acquired

capability for suicide in 399 male prisoners. All life experience domains were associated with

acquired capability with certain domains evidencing relatively stronger relations. Results support

that aggression, thrill seeking, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and accidental injury may be

particularly important to the development of the acquired capability for suicide in prisoners.


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