This study was performed through a grant from the Australian Research Council (DP0558922, An Investigation into Suicidal Behaviors by Males during the Process of Marital and De Facto Separation). We are deeply indebted with all the members of Relationship Australia-Qld, Family Relationship Centre-Qld, Mensline, Lifeline, and Centacare who have rendered this investigation possible. Thanks also to Dr. Marianne Wyder, who participated in the early stages of the research process.
Marital Breakdown, Shame, and Suicidality in Men: A Direct Link?
Version of Record online: 6 APR 2011
© 2011 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 149–159, April 2011
How to Cite
Kõlves, K., Ide, N. and De Leo, D. (2011), Marital Breakdown, Shame, and Suicidality in Men: A Direct Link?. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 41: 149–159. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00021.x
- Issue online: 6 APR 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: March 26, 2010 Revision Accepted: November 23, 2010
The influence of feelings of shame originating from marital breakdown on suicidality is examined. The role of mental health problems as probable mediating factors is also considered. Internalized shame, state (related to separation) shame, and mental health problems were significantly correlated with the score for suicidality during separation in both genders. Tested structural equation model indicated that internalized shame was not directly linked to suicidality, but was mediated either by state shame or mental health problems in males in the context of separation. Our findings seem to indicate that separated males are more vulnerable to the experience of state shame in the context of separation, which might lead to the development of suicidality.