An Examination of Life Event Type, Valence, and Perceived Stress in Relation to Suicidal Desire Using Ecological Momentary Assessment




Rogers, Megan L.
Wilson-Lemoine, Emma
Mitaj, Dea
Udupa, Nikhila S.
Rector, Mark
Barrett, Karrie M.
Staton, Tyler

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Stressful life events are related to suicide-related outcomes (ideation, attempts, deaths) over long follow-up periods. A greater number, variety, and specific types of life events (interpersonal, financial, legal) have particularly strong links to suicide-related outcomes. Less understood are relations between characteristics of life events (valence, type, perceived stressfulness) and suicide-related outcomes in the short term (i.e., hours to days). The present study examined associations between characteristics of life events and concurrent (same time point) and prospective (2 hours later) suicidal desire using ecological momentary assessment (EMA) We made several a priori hypotheses: Negative events would be more strongly associated with suicidal desire than positive/neutral events. Higher perceptions of stress would be positively associated with severity of suicidal desire. The relationship between perceived stress and suicidal desire would be stronger for (1) negative events and (2) specific types of life events (e.g., interpersonal, health-related, financial).



suicide, desire, ecological momentary assessment


Rogers, M. L., Wilson-Lemoine, E., Mitaj, D., Udupa, N. S., Rector, M., Barrett, K. M, Staton, T., Johnson, S. L., & Joiner, T. E. (2024). An examination of life event type, valence, and perceived stress in relation to suicidal desire using ecological momentary assessment. Poster presented at the Health Scholar Showcase, Translational Health Research Center, San Marcos, Texas.


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