Interpersonal Violence, Alcohol Use, and Acquired Capability for Suicide

Academic Article


  • Acquired capability for suicide (ACS), defined as pain tolerance and fearlessness about death, is theorized as necessary to enact suicide. This study examined the associations of interpersonal violence and alcohol use with ACS in 502 college students. General fearlessness/pain tolerance was positively associated with male gender and alcohol use. Fearlessness about death was positively associated with male gender and general physical violence perpetration. However, these risk factors did not explain variance in ACS beyond male gender and history of suicide attempts/nonsuicidal self-injury. These findings add to the understanding of ACS correlates.
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  • Death Studies  Journal
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    Author List

  • Wolford-Clevenger C; Febres J; Zapor H; Elmquist JA; Bliton C; Stuart GL
  • Start Page

  • 234
  • End Page

  • 241
  • Volume

  • 39
  • Issue

  • 4