The research reported in this article was supported by National Institutes of Health grant MH080399 to Amy Fiske. The authors wish to thank James Forsythe for his assistance in reviewing literature for this project.
Self-Concealment and Suicidal Behaviors
Version of Record online: 7 MAY 2012
© 2012 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 332–340, June 2012
How to Cite
Friedlander, A., Nazem, S., Fiske, A., Nadorff, M. R. and Smith, M. D. (2012), Self-Concealment and Suicidal Behaviors. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 42: 332–340. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00094.x
- Issue online: 8 JUN 2012
- Version of Record online: 7 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: September 7, 2010 Revision Accepted: April 18, 2011
Understanding self-concealment, the tendency to actively conceal distressing personal information from others, may be important in developing effective ways to help individuals with suicidal ideation. No published study has yet assessed the relation between self-concealment and suicidal behaviors. Additionally, most self-concealment research has been conducted solely with younger adults. The relation between self-concealment and depressive symptoms among older adults (age 65 and older), and between self-concealment and suicidal behaviors among both younger (college student) and older adults, was investigated in this study. As predicted, self-concealment was significantly related to suicidal behaviors in younger adults. Furthermore, self-concealment was significantly related to depressive symptoms in older adults. Interestingly, the association between self-concealment and suicidal behaviors in this age group was not significant.