Personality differences in attempted suicide versus suicide in adults 50 years of age or older

J. David Useda, Paul R. Duberstein, Kenneth R. Conner, Anthony Beckman, Nathan Franus, Xin Tu, Yeates Conwell

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The authors tested hypotheses concerning personality differences in treatment-seeking suicide attempters (AT; n = 60) and a community sample of suicides (SU; n = 43) over age 50. On the basis of prior research, the authors hypothesized that SU would be lower in Neuroticism and Openness and higher in Conscientiousness. A 2-group (AT vs. SU) multivariate analysis of covariance with NEO Personality Inventory - Revised (Informant Version) domain scores as dependent variables revealed that SU were lower in Neuroticism and higher in Conscientiousness. The authors conclude that AT and SU in this age group can be distinguished on the basis of informant ratings of personality traits. These differences can inform risk detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-133
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • Older adults
  • Personality traits
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Suicide


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