Effective problem solving in suicide attempters depends on specific autobiographical recall

Suicide Life Threat Behav. Winter 2001;31(4):386-96. doi: 10.1521/suli.31.4.386.22041.

Abstract

The relationship between over-general autobiographical memory and interpersonal problem solving was investigated by comparing a group of suicide attempters with a nonsuicidal psychiatric control group and a normal control group. Results showed that suicide attempters were more over-general in memory and displayed significantly poorer problem solving than the other two groups. Furthermore, suicide attempters who were more over-general displayed greater deficits in problem solving. It was concluded that effective problem solving in suicide attempters depends on specific autobiographical recall.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Mental Recall*
  • Problem Solving*
  • Reaction Time
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*