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      Suicidal Risk Following the Termination of Romantic Relationships

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          Abstract. Background: The termination of a romantic relationship is an established predictor of suicide attempt. Severing a relationship with a romantic figure can feel life-ending, based on attachment theory. Aims: The primary goal of this study was to determine if specific risk markers for suicide are related to an individual's commitment level to the romantic relationship prior to its dissolution. Method: The purpose of this study was to examine if commitment and investment are linked with suicidal risk in a sample of adults ( n = 208) in the United States ages 18–64 who experienced the break-up of a significant romantic relationship within the past 3 months. Results: A structural equation model analysis revealed a significant association between commitment to the romantic relationship and suicidal risk when mediated by depression. This suggests that high commitment to the previous romantic relationship is indirectly associated with suicidal risk, indicating a need for increased attention to individuals who recently experienced a break-up. Limitations: This study is limited by its cross-sectional design and by retrospective accounts of the previous relationships. Conclusion: This study indicates that high commitment to a romantic relationship may serve as a risk factor of depression and therefore of suicide when the relationship is terminated.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                cri
                Crisis
                The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
                Hogrefe Publishing
                0227-5910
                2151-2396
                October 20, 2017
                2018
                : 39
                : 3
                : 166-174
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ]Department of Behavioral Sciences, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN, USA
                [ 2 ]Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
                Author notes
                Heather Love, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66503, USA, halove@ 123456ksu.edu
                Article
                cri_39_3_166
                10.1027/0227-5910/a000484
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                Self URI (journal-page): https://econtent.hogrefe.com/loi/cri
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                Research Trends

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