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Title: Resilience as positive coping appraisals: Testing the schematic appraisals model of suicide (SAMS)
Authors: Johnson, Judith
Gooding, Patricia A
Wood, Alex M
Tarrier, Nicholas
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Keywords: Resilience
Positive appraisals
Life events
Young adults
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Johnson J, Gooding PA, Wood AM & Tarrier N (2010) Resilience as positive coping appraisals: Testing the schematic appraisals model of suicide (SAMS), Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48 (3), pp. 179-186.
Abstract: Aims: The Schematic Appraisals Model of Suicide (SAMS) suggests that positive self-appraisals may be important for buffering suicidal thoughts and behaviours, potentially providing a key source of resilience. The current study aimed to explore whether positive self-appraisals buffered individuals from suicidality in the face of stressful life events. Method: 78 participants who reported experiencing some degree of suicidality were recruited from a student population. They completed a battery of questionnaires including measures of suicidality, stressful life events and positive self-appraisals. Results: Positive self-appraisals moderated the association between stressful life events and suicidality. For those reporting moderate or high levels of positive self-appraisals, raised incidence of stressful life events did not lead to increases in suicidality. Discussion: These results support the SAMS framework, and suggest that positive self-appraisals may confer resilience to suicide. Positive self-appraisals may be a promising avenue for further resilience research, and an important area to target for suicide interventions.
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Affiliation: University of Manchester
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