Preliminary Results From an Examination of Episodic Planning In Suicidal Behavior
Background: Prior research has reported that a substantial portion of suicidal behavior occurs impulsively. These studies, however, have been unable to assess for episodic planning.
Aims: To provide preliminary support for the plausibility and utility of assessing episodic, nonlinear planning in suicidal behavior.
Method: Fifty undergraduates with a prior history of suicidal behavior responded to a series of questions assessing level of attempt, method, and level of planning during their most recent self-reported suicide attempt.
Results: Level of intent was positively associated with planning, and the modal individual whose most recent attempt involved clear intent to die endorsed planning for at least 1 year.
Conclusion: These preliminary data support the plausibility and potential utility of assessing episodic planning and indicate that suicide attempts involving a clear intent to die typically require extensive levels of planning and rarely (if ever) emerge without forethought.
Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
Anestis, M. D.,
Pennings, S. M.,
Williams, T. J.
(2014). Preliminary Results From an Examination of Episodic Planning In Suicidal Behavior. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 35(3), 186-192.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/17096