Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
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.
BF1 .M63 v. 17 no. 1 2011
Drapeau, Christopher W. and DeBrule, Daniel
"The commonalities of creativity and suicide in college students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 17
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol17/iss1/8