Year: 2007 Source: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, v.80, pt.4, (December 2007), p.497-512 SIEC No: 20080455

Participants read newspaper articles about the defeat of a boxer. In one condition, the authentic article stated he died by suicide & in the other, a fictitious article, he successfully continued his career. Participants assumed significantly more irrational beliefs by the boxer in the suicide scenario than in the non-suicide version. Additionally, participants expected the suicidal stimulus person to be experiencing maladaptive emotions whereas a successful resumption of his career lead to expectations of adaptive affects. Ratings of the functionality revealed sadness, fear, annoyance, & concern were expected to be more functional than depression, anxiety, rage, & guilt. (56 refs.)