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A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide Forgiveness, Addiction, and Suicide

A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide : Forgiveness, Addiction, and Suicide [The role of the positive psychological and spiritual construct of forgiveness in the context of addiction and suicidal behavior has begun to receive attention in the empirical literature. Although in the early stages of development, theoretical modeling and data-driven studies have begun to examine these relationships. Initial studies in each area, 33 in the context of addiction and 21 in the context of suicidal behavior, overwhelmingly suggest a salubrious effect of multiple dimensions of forgiveness in the treatment and prevention of addiction and suicidal behavior. An overview of the psychology of forgiveness as it relates to addiction and suicidal behavior is provided, including an updated literature review, theoretical modeling, and a first study examining the association of forgiveness with suicidal behavior among college student problematic drinkers, as mediated by alcohol problems, depressive symptoms, and psychache. The chapter concludes with a discussion of clinical implications for treatment and prevention. In sum, forgiveness, implementable through a variety of individual-level treatment modalities and public health-oriented outreach and education, may be a powerful antidote to the ruminative stress, resentment-building, and self-condemning effects of addictive and suicidal behavior.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide Forgiveness, Addiction, and Suicide

Editors: Hirsch, Jameson K.; Chang, Edward C.; Kelliher Rabon, Jessica

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
ISBN
978-3-030-03224-1
Pages
37 –58
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03225-8_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The role of the positive psychological and spiritual construct of forgiveness in the context of addiction and suicidal behavior has begun to receive attention in the empirical literature. Although in the early stages of development, theoretical modeling and data-driven studies have begun to examine these relationships. Initial studies in each area, 33 in the context of addiction and 21 in the context of suicidal behavior, overwhelmingly suggest a salubrious effect of multiple dimensions of forgiveness in the treatment and prevention of addiction and suicidal behavior. An overview of the psychology of forgiveness as it relates to addiction and suicidal behavior is provided, including an updated literature review, theoretical modeling, and a first study examining the association of forgiveness with suicidal behavior among college student problematic drinkers, as mediated by alcohol problems, depressive symptoms, and psychache. The chapter concludes with a discussion of clinical implications for treatment and prevention. In sum, forgiveness, implementable through a variety of individual-level treatment modalities and public health-oriented outreach and education, may be a powerful antidote to the ruminative stress, resentment-building, and self-condemning effects of addictive and suicidal behavior.]

Published: Feb 26, 2019

Keywords: Forgiveness; Spirituality; Addiction; Suicidal behavior; Positive psychology

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