Overcoming the fear of death: Suicide capability within the ideation-to-action framework

PhD Thesis


Bayliss, Luke T.. 2023. Overcoming the fear of death: Suicide capability within the ideation-to-action framework. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z6721
Title

Overcoming the fear of death: Suicide capability within the ideation-to-action framework

TypePhD Thesis
AuthorsBayliss, Luke T.
Supervisor
1. FirstProf Andrea Lamont-Mills
2. SecondDr Carol du Plessis
3. ThirdDr Christopher Hughes
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages342
Year2023
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z6721
Abstract

Suicide capability is suggested to facilitate the movement from suicidal ideation to suicide attempt. The most recent conceptualisation of capability is multifaceted and comprises acquired, dispositional, and practical contributors. Despite this multifaceted conceptualisation, research has tended to focus on acquired contributors using cross-sectional studies. Therefore, how contributors combine and interact to facilitate suicide attempts is less known. This mixed methods program of research sought to address these gaps by undertaking three studies: a scoping review, a collective case study that consisted of open-ended interviews with suicide attempt survivors, and an ecological momentary assessment study of capability comprising both suicide ideators and suicide attempters. Findings from the scoping review revealed that painful and provocative events may be more influential than fearlessness about death within the acquired contributor and capability may include a fourth cognitive contributor. Suicide attempt survivor narratives indicated that acquired and practical contributors appear to combine through interactions rather than an additive effect. Also within their narratives was individual agency being critical for both the decision to and actions taken when moving, readying, and attempting suicide. The final study found that increases and/or elevated acquired, practical, and perceived capabilities, and suicidal mental imagery might indicate an individual is readying to act on suicidal ideation. This program of research refined, extended, and advanced theoretical understanding of suicide capability within the ideation-to-action framework. Methodological advancements for suicide research included the value of conducting the most appropriate literature review for conceptual advancement, the usefulness of narratives from suicide attempt survivors for generating theoretical insights about the movement from ideation-to-action, and how ecological momentary assessments can help capture and conceptualise the moments leading up to and including self-harm.

Keywordssuicide; suicide capability; narrative analysis; ecological momentary assessment; lived experience Embargo
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Has partFluidity in capability: Longitudinal assessments of suicide capability using ecological momentary assessments
Has partSuicide capacity within the ideation-to-action framework: a scoping review protocol
Has partSuicide capability within the ideation-to-action framework: A systematic scoping review
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520304. Health psychology
329999. Other biomedical and clinical sciences not elsewhere classified
429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
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Centre for Health Research
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
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