Individual differences in interpersonal security predict suicidal ideation and problem gambling

Iliceto, P., Fino, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-5095-6014, Schiavella, M. and Candilera, G., 2020. Individual differences in interpersonal security predict suicidal ideation and problem gambling. Personality and Individual Differences, 162: 110031. ISSN 0191-8869

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Suicidality and problem gambling represent global health issues. Based on evidence from recent literature, the aim of the present study was to test a theoretical model, in which: (1) Emotional Intelligence and Self and Other Representations of adult attachment combine into a latent factor representing Interpersonal Security; (2) Interpersonal Security negatively predicts Problem Gambling and Suicidal Ideation, respectively; (3) Problem Gambling positively predicts Suicidal Ideation. We used Structural Equation Modelling to test the study hypotheses. The model showed good fit to the data. Factor loadings were high and statistically significant. We found that the hypothesis of Emotional Intelligence and Self and Other Representations combining into a common factor, Interpersonal Security, is empirically supported. The joint effect of Interpersonal Security and Problem Gambling explains about the 63% of variance of Suicidal ideation. The path from Interpersonal Security to Suicidal Ideation is significant and high, whilst the path from Problem Gambling to Suicidal Ideation is not significant. Interpersonal Security explains about 16% of the variance of Problem Gambling. These results outline an integrated model of Suicidal Ideation and Problem Gambling in the community from an interpersonal-psychological perspective, with important implications for researchers, mental health practitioners, and policymakers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Creators: Iliceto, P., Fino, E., Schiavella, M. and Candilera, G.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 1 August 2020
Volume: 162
ISSN: 0191-8869
S0191886920302208Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 May 2020 08:42
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2022 03:00

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