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Patricia K. Kerig, Marc S. Schulz, and Stuart T. Hauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.001.0001

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Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidality during the Transition to Adulthood

Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidality during the Transition to Adulthood

Parenting, Self-Regulatory Processes, and Successful Resolution of Stage-Salient Tasks

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2 Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidality during the Transition to Adulthood
Source:
Adolescence and Beyond
Author(s):

Daria K. Boeninger

Rand D. Conger

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.003.0004

This chapter casts suicide-related thoughts and behaviors in a self-regulatory framework, and delineates the implications of parenting for the development of self-regulatory capacities, as well as the relations between self-regulatory capacities, functioning in stage-salient tasks, and suicidality risk during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It proposes two central pathways of influence from parenting to offspring suicidality. One involves enduring vulnerabilities to suicidality created by a lack of self-regulatory resources resulting from a history of harsh or neglectful parenting. The other pathway involves social role impairments in the aftermath of negative parent-child bonding experiences: harsh and uninvolved parenting, through its effects on the development of adolescents' self-systems, can hamper their ability to function well in social roles, which in turn can lead to suicidal crises. The chapter describes and empirically tests how parenting influences behavioral, cognitive-affective, and conative aspects of adolescent self-regulatory resources, as well as the hypothesized links between self-regulatory resources and young adult social role functioning. It then describes and tests the hypothesized associations between suicidal episodes and self-regulatory capacities and young adult functioning in work and romantic relationships.

Keywords:   suicide thoughts, self-regulation, adolescence, parent-child, self-regulatory resources, adult social functioning

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