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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