Stability amidst turmoil: Grit buffers the effects of negative life events on suicidal ideation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The goal of the current study is to examine the role of grit as a resilience factor that reduces the risk for suicidal ideation conferred by negative life events. Participants (N=209) completed measures of negative life events and grit at baseline and a measure of suicidal ideation at follow-up four weeks later. Poisson regression analyses found that higher levels of grit buffered the relationship between negative life events and suicidal ideation such that negative life events only predicted suicidal ideation if grit was low. These results suggest that high grit can abate the increased suicidal ideation associated with negative life events. Aside from absolute levels of suicidal ideation, being able to predict or buffer dramatic shifts in suicidal ideation can be a useful diagnostic tool during interventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blalock, DV; Young, KC; Kleiman, EM

Published Date

  • August 30, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 228 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 781 - 784

PubMed ID

  • 26070767

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-7123

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.04.041


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland