Rui Campos e Sara Santos publicam no Journal of Clinical Psychology

Rui Campos e Sara Santos, investigadores do CIEP-UE publicaram recentemente no Journal of Clinical Psychology o artigo Exposure to suicide in the family: Suicide risk and psychache in individuals who have lost a family member by suicide.



Campos, R. C., Holden, R. R., & Santos, S. (2017). Exposure to suicide in the family: Suicide risk and psychache in individuals who have lost a family member by suicide. Journal of Clinical Psychology.Advanced online publication DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22518

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The aim of the present study was to compare a sample of Portuguese individuals exposed to suicide in their families with a control group, for lifetime suicidality. This study also evaluated the incremental value of psychache (i.e., extreme psychological pain) in determining suicide risk beyond the contribution associated with having lost a family member by suicide.


A total of 225 community adults participated. Two groups were defined: a group exposed to suicide (n = 53), and a control group (n = 172).


Results demonstrated that groups did significantly differ on the total score of the Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R), on the four individual SBQ-R items, and on psychache. Results from a hierarchical multiple regression analysis demonstrated that having lost a family member by suicide and the construct of psychache each provided a significant unique contribution to explaining variance in suicide risk. The interaction between group membership and psychache also provided a further enhancement to the statistical prediction of suicide risk.


Findings are discussed with regard to their implications for clinical intervention and postvention.

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family member; psychache; suicide exposure; suicide risk


PMID: 28881015 DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22518

Publicado em 12.09.2017