Factors associated with suicide ideation in severely obese bariatric surgery-seeking individuals

Eunice Y. Chen, Karla C. Fettich, Megan Tierney, Hakeemah Cummings, Johnny Berona, Jessica Weissman, Amanda Ward, Kara Christensen, Matthew Southward, Kathryn H. Gordon, James Mitchell, Emil Coccaro

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Abstract

There are high rates of suicide ideation and/or behavior in severely obese individuals. The potential contributors to suicide ideation in a sample of 334 severely obese bariatric surgery candidates was explored. Lack of college education, a history of suicide ideation and/or behavior, psychological distress, hopelessness, loneliness, history of physical and/or sexual abuse, and lifetime major depression were associated with current suicide ideation. Some of the correlates of suicide ideation in severely obese bariatric surgery-seeking samples are similar to those found in the general community and this knowledge may serve to improve the psychological assessment and care for this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-549
Number of pages9
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Chen, E. Y., Fettich, K. C., Tierney, M., Cummings, H., Berona, J., Weissman, J., Ward, A., Christensen, K., Southward, M., Gordon, K. H., Mitchell, J., & Coccaro, E. (2012). Factors associated with suicide ideation in severely obese bariatric surgery-seeking individuals. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42(5), 541-549. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00110.x