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Religions 2017, 8(11), 238;

Does Religiosity Predict Suicidal Behavior?

Department of Psychology, Stockton University, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441, USA
Received: 22 August 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 23 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention, Religion and Spirituality)
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Research was reviewed on whether self-report measures of religiosity were a protective factor against suicidal behaviors. It was found that scores on Francis’s measure of religiosity was negatively associated with non-lethal suicidal behavior (ideation and attempts), a protective effect. Similarly, it was found that intrinsic religiosity (but not extrinsic religiosity) was negatively associated with non-lethal suicidal behaviors. However, these associations were weak. Research is needed on the issue whether counselors can use their patients’ religiosity to reduce the risk of dying by suicide. View Full-Text
Keywords: religiosity; suicidal ideation; attempted suicide religiosity; suicidal ideation; attempted suicide
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