Year: 2016 Source: Archives of Suicide Research.(2015).19(4):422-434. DOI:10.1080/13811118.2015.1004486 SIEC No: 20160011

This study examined whether valuing relationships, achievement, and security moderated the association between interpersonal-psychological constructs (Joiner, 2005) and suicidal ideation (SI). A total of 122 veterans completed the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire, Survey of Life Principles, and Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation. Valuing relationships moderated the association between thwarted belongingness and SI. Specifically, thwarted belongingness predicted SI among veterans who reported moderate and high, but not low, levels of valuing relationships. The estimated impact of perceived burdensomeness on SI was stronger at higher levels of valuing relationships, but only approached statistical significance. Valuing achievement and security did not moderate the association between perceived burdensomeness and SI. Future research should continue to examine specific values as they relate to interpersonal-psychological constructs and suicidal behavior.