Modelling symptoms to suicide risk in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease

J Health Psychol. 2021 Oct;26(12):2143-2152. doi: 10.1177/1359105320904750.Epub 2020 Feb 7.

Valentina Mihajlovic 1, Dean A Tripp 1, Jill A Jacobson 1


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1Queen's University, Canada.


Given that suicidal behaviour is a pressing concern in inflammatory bowel disease populations, this study sought to model the sequence of variables that lead to its development. Participants (n = 282) completed online self-report questionnaires regarding predictors of suicidal behaviour. A cross-sectional model of the progression from symptoms to suicide risk revealed that biomedical variables were significantly associated with psychosocial predictors of suicidal behaviour, which were significantly related to theory-driven predictors of suicidal behaviour, which were ultimately associated with suicide risk. Evidently, interventions need to target distal predictors of suicidal behaviour to mitigate harmful downstream effects.

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