Suicidality, Problem-Solving Skills, Attachment Style, and Hopelessness in Turkish Students

Zeyrek E. Y., GENÇÖZ F., Bergman Y., Lester D.

DEATH STUDIES, vol.33, no.9, pp.815-827, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07481180903142407
  • Journal Name: DEATH STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.815-827
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Among 180 Turkish university students, the probability of suicide was strongly predicted by both hopelessness and deficiencies in problem solving. In addition, for women, unhealthy attachment styles (preoccupied and dismissing) also predicted suicidality. The clinical implications of these findings are that psychotherapists should focus on helping suicidal adolescents improve their problem solving skills and decreasing their hopelessness and, for women, assisting them to develop healthier relationship styles.