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Alone, Drunk and Feeling No Pain

Title: Alone, Drunk and Feeling No Pain: The Effect of Thwarted Belongingness and Alcohol on Self Inflicted Pain Tolerance.
Name(s): Waesche, Matthew C., author
Lang, Alan R., professor directing dissertation
Wilke, Dina J., university representative
Patrick, Christopher J., committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Joiner, Thomas E., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The present study examined some specific mechanisms that might underlie the connection between alcohol and suicide risk. According to the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide, individuals who experience thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness and an increased ability and willingness to tolerate physical pain are at an elevated risk for a lethal suicide attempt. We examined this theory while also investigating possible mechanisms by which alcohol intoxication might increase factors associated with suicide risk. Specifically, we examined a leading theory of alcohol's effect on emotion, which suggests that alcohol can actually increase distress in certain situations. This, combined with alcohol's analgesic properties and ability to increase fearlessness suggest that alcohol intoxication could dramatically increase the risk and lethality of suicide-related behaviors. In the present study, we manipulated beverage (alcohol versus no-alcohol) and personality feedback (thwarted belongingness versus misfortune control) and measured tolerance for self-inflicted pain via a cold pressor. As predicted, results demonstrate that individuals who had their sense of belongingness thwarted and subsequently consumed alcohol demonstrated significantly higher self-inflicted pain tolerance than those in other groups.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-6044 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: April 21, 2011.
Keywords: alcohol, non-suicidal self-injury, pain tolerance, social rejection, suicide, thwarted belongingness
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Alan R. Lang, Professor Directing Dissertation; Dina J. Wilke, University Representative; Christopher J. Patrick, Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member; Thomas E. Joiner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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