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Suicidal Behavior

Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide, and it is a major concern for those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, and self-injurious behavior.  Our lab works with a variety of collaborators across the world to develop better ways for understanding suicidal behavior. In particular, we focus on the Interpersonal Theory of
 Suicide(Joiner, 2005), and how this theory can inform suicide in various populations, including youth and adolescents, military populations, and sexual/gender minority populations. Our recent work in the lab has also extended our study of suicide to changing trends in socioeconomic factors and modeling suicide as a function of complex systems behavior. 


Selected Publications


Gardner, K. J., Paul, E., Selby, E. A., Klonsky, D., & Mars, B. (2021). Intrapersonal and interpersonal functions as pathways to future self-harm repetition and suicide attempts. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 2657.


*Chang, C. J., Fehling, K. B., Feinstein, B. A., & Selby, E. A. (2021). Unique risk factors for suicide attempt among bisexual/pansexual versus gay/lesbian individuals.Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 1-20.


*Chang, C. J., Fehling, K. B., & Selby, E. A. (2020). Sexual minority status and psychological risk for suicide attempt: a serial multiple mediation model of social support and emotion regulation. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 385.


*Fehling, K. B., & Selby, E. A. (2020). Suicide in DSM-5: current evidence for the proposed suicide behavior disorder and other possible improvements. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 499980. 


*Kranzler, A., Fehling, K. B., Anestis, M. D., & Selby, E. A. (2016). Emotional dysregulation, internalizing symptoms, and self-injurious and suicidal behavior: Structural equation modeling analysis. Death Studies, 40(6), 358-366.


Selby, E. A., Yen, S., & Spirito, A. (2013). Time varying prediction of thoughts of death and suicidal ideation in adolescents: weekly ratings over 6-month follow-up. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 42(4), 481-495.


Anestis, M. D., Selby, E. A., & Butterworth, S. E. (2017). Rising longitudinal trajectories in suicide rates: the role of firearm suicide rates and firearm legislation. Preventive Medicine, 100, 159-166.


Yen, S., Weinstock, L. M., Andover, M. S., Sheets, E. S., Selby, E. A., & Spirito, A. (2013). Prospective predictors of adolescent suicidality: 6-month post-hospitalization follow-up. Psychological Medicine, 43(5), 983-993.


Selby, E. A., Anestis, M. D., Bender, T. W., Ribeiro, J. D., Nock, M. K., Rudd, M. D., ... & Joiner Jr, T. E. (2010). Overcoming the fear of lethal injury: Evaluating suicidal behavior in the military through the lens of the interpersonal–psychological theory of suicide. Clinical Psychology Review, 30(3), 298-307.


Van Orden, K. A., Witte, T. K., Cukrowicz, K. C., Braithwaite, S. R., Selby, E. A., & Joiner Jr, T. E. (2010). The interpersonal theory of suicide. Psychological Review, 117(2), 575.


Selby, E. A., Anestis, M. D., & Joiner Jr, T. E. (2007). Daydreaming about death: Violent daydreaming as a form of emotion dysregulation in suicidality. Behavior Modification, 31(6), 867-879.


Joiner Jr, T. E., Sachs-Ericsson, N. J., Wingate, L. R., Brown, J. S., Anestis, M. D., & Selby, E. A. (2007). Childhood physical and sexual abuse and lifetime number of suicide attempts: A persistent and theoretically important relationship. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(3), 539-547.

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