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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

17

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 59-79

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2011

Abstract

More than 1,000 college students die by suicide each year. Commonly found among these suicides are students who are highly creative, mentally ill, and attending highly competitive schools. Research has demonstrated that the risk of suicide is most acute in students displaying hypomania, impulsivity, psychosis, and a personality trait called psychoticism. Interestingly, these four risk factors are also exhibited in highly creative college students. Hypomania was the most significant contributor to creativity and suicide among the four variables. Elevations in hypomanic symptoms were found among the most creative students and those at risk for repeated suicide attempts. A self-report questionnaire entitled the Hypomania Checklist-32 (HCL-32) identifies two dimensions of hypomania (active/elated and irritable/risk-taking). Future research should investigate potential relationships between the two dimensions, and creativity and suicide in college students. The active/elated dimension may contribute to higher creativity while the irritable/risk-taking dimension may lead to increased risk for suicidal behavior.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

21 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 17 no. 1 2011

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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