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Self-Contempt as a Predictor of Suicidality: A Longitudinal Study

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Nicolas Rüsch, Nathalie Oexle, Graham Thornicroft, Johannes Keller, Christiane Waller, Ines Germann, Christina A. Regelmann, Michael Noll-Hussong, Roland Zahn

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1056-1057
Number of pages2
JournalThe Journal of nervous and mental disease
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

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People with mental illness can internalize public prejudice and negative emotional reactions to their group, leading to self-contempt. This study examined self-contempt related to having a mental illness as predictor of suicidality among 77 people with mental illness in Southern Germany. Self-contempt, depressive symptoms, hopelessness, and suicidality were assessed at baseline; suicidality was measured again 3 months later. High self-contempt at baseline predicted increased suicidality at follow-up, adjusting for baseline suicidality, symptoms, diagnosis, age, sex, and hopelessness. These results suggest that self-contempt may be a risk factor for suicidality and call for specific interventions targeting self-stigma and its emotional consequences.

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