Alcohol-related problems and risk of suicide among college students: the mediating roles of belongingness and burdensomeness.


Journal Article

The relationship among alcohol-related problems, perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and suicide proneness in undergraduate college students (N=996) was examined. As hypothesized, alcohol-related problems, perceived burdensomeness, and thwarted belongingness were all significantly and positively correlated with suicide proneness. The relation between experiencing alcohol-related problems and suicide proneness was, in part, accounted for by perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness. Additionally, the mediation via perceived burdensomeness was significantly stronger than the mediation via thwarted belongingness. Results suggest that it would be advisable for clinicians to be aware of students' experiences with alcohol-related problems in conjunction with their levels of burdensomeness and belongingness when assessing for suicide risk.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lamis, DA; Malone, PS

Published Date

  • October 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 543 - 553

PubMed ID

  • 21883409

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21883409

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-278X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-0234

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00052.x


  • eng