Attitudes Toward Life and Death and Suicidality in Young Adults

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Death Studies, Vol: 19, Issue: 6, Page: 559-569

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Payne, Brenda J.; Range, Lillian M.
Psychology; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Attitudes toward life and death, alone or in combination with life events, may be important in discriminating between those at serious risk for suicide and those who are not. Of 140 young adults in a college setting, 139 completed the Multi-Attitude Suicide Tendency Scale for Adolescents (MAST-A), the Life and Death Attitudes Scale (Fairy Tales), the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire (SBQ), the Death Anxiety Scale, and the Life Experiences Survey. The MAST-A and Fairy Tales attitudes toward life and death were significantly correlated, and several of the attitudes were significantly correlated with the SBQ. A stepwise multiple regression yielded repulsion by life as accounting for the most variance in the SBQ. Women endorsed higher levels of suicidality and attraction to death than men.