Suicidal ideation following the termination of romantic relationships with consideration of family-of-origin functioning and self-efficacy

Heather A Love, Purdue University


The purpose of this study is to describe the population of adults who have recently experienced the termination of a significant romantic relationship. This study will examine whether suicide ideation is a result of the break-up of a romantic relationship, and what specifically contributes most to this ideation. Two-hundred twenty-one participants over the age of 18 and under the age of 64 who had experienced the break-up of a romantic relationship were recruited. The participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the Investment Model Scale, the General Functioning subscale of the Family Assessment Device, the General Self-Efficacy Scale, the Clinically Useful Depression Outcome Scale, and the Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire – Revised. A hierarchical regression was conducted to assess for the independent variables (depression, family functioning, self-efficacy, and relationship investment) and their predictions of one dependent variable (suicidal ideation). While the model was found to be significant, the significant predictors were depression and self-efficacy, not family functioning or relationship investment. These findings are discussed in clinical implications and future directions for research.




Nalbone, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Mental health|Social psychology|Behavioral Sciences|Individual & family studies

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