Year: 2013 Source: Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.(2012).31(1):81-100. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2012.31.1.81 SIEC No: 20130926

Suicide is a major public health concern and, as such, research that elucidates potential mechanisms contributing to suicide risk is highly important. Along these lines, prior research has linked high levels of distress tolerance with elevations in a specific component of suicide risk: the acquired capability for suicide. The following two studies aimed to examine whether sensation seeking, the tendency to seek out activities involving risk or thrill, moderates the previously established relationship between distress tolerance and the acquired capability, such that a heightened ability to tolerate emotional distress was more strongly related to the acquired capability amongst people with greater risk taking tendencies.

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