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Multiple Mediator Model for the Association Between Religiosity and Suicidal Behavior

Title: A Multiple Mediator Model for the Association Between Religiosity and Suicidal Behavior.
Name(s): Podlogar, Matthew C., author
Joiner, Thomas, Jr., professor directing thesis
Patrick, Christopher J., committee member
Wagner, Richard K., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (53 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Religiosity has repeatedly been shown to be associated with reduced suicidal behavior. Proposed explanations for this effect have alluded to constructs related to the interpersonal theory of suicide (i.e., Perceived Burdensomeness, Thwarted Belongingness, and Acquired Capability), as well as to two other predictors of suicidal behavior (i.e., Meaning in Life and Hopelessness). This study examined in 424 participants, whether the above-mentioned constructs mediated the negative relationship between religiosity and suicidal behavior in single-mediator path analysis models as well as in a competitive multiple mediator model. Results indicated that Thwarted Belongingness, Acquired Capability, Presence of Meaning in Life, and Hopelessness in combination with religiosity, age, gender, and race predicted 24.9% of the variance in suicidal behavior. The combined indirect effect of the proposed mediating constructs accounted for more than 50% of the total association between religiosity and suicidal behavior, reducing the direct association between religiosity and suicidal behavior to non-significance (i.e., full mediation). In follow-up single-mediator tests, Meaning in Life was the only construct that fully mediated the association between all dimensions of religiosity and suicidal behavior. Hopelessness and Thwarted Belongingness were additional partial mediators. All of the above proposed mediators were predictive of suicidal behavior; however, only Hopelessness and Meaning in Life were associated with all dimensions of religiosity. Thwarted Belongingness was associated with intrinsic religiosity only. For this population, individual constructs (i.e., Meaning in Life and Hopelessness) accounted for the protective association between religiosity and suicidal behavior. Interpersonal constructs (i.e., Thwarted Belongingness and Acquired Capability) were generally not related to religiosity; however Thwarted Belongingness was a contributing partial mediator of intrinsic religiosity.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Podlogar_fsu_0071N_12955 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: October 26, 2015.
Keywords: Christianity, Interpersonal theory of suicide, Mediation, Path analysis, Protective factors
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Thomas Joiner, Professor Directing Thesis; Chris Patrick, Committee Member; Rick Wagner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Clinical psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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