Re-considering the association between negative urgency and suicidality

Michael D. Anestis, Erin L. Fink, Theodore W. Bender, Edward A. Selby, April R. Smith, Tracy K. Witte, Thomas E. Joiner

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Prior research has reported that negative urgency was positively associated with both the acquired capability for suicide and lifetime number of suicide attempts. Given the range of outcomes associated with negative urgency, we hypothesized that that prior work linking negative urgency both suicidal behavior and the acquired capability for suicide might be better accounted for by dysregulated behaviours. Results supported our hypotheses, as the addition of dysregulated behaviours, many of which could be considered painful and/or provocative, reduced those relationships to non-significance. These findings indicate that specific behaviours rather than negative urgency itself increase risk for the acquired capability or suicidal behaviour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-146
Number of pages9
JournalPersonality and Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Anestis, M. D., Fink, E. L., Bender, T. W., Selby, E. A., Smith, A. R., Witte, T. K., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). Re-considering the association between negative urgency and suicidality. Personality and Mental Health, 6(2), 138-146.