Defense Mechanisms and Suicide Risk in Major Depression

  title={Defense Mechanisms and Suicide Risk in Major Depression},
  author={Shushan Hovanesian and Isakov L.K. Isakov and Kelly L. Cervellione},
  journal={Archives of Suicide Research},
  pages={74 - 86}
Past suicide attempt has been consistently reported to be the best predictor of future suicide attempt. The need to identify predictors that can be targets of therapy is of great importance. Coping styles and defense mechanisms have now been linked to suicide in numerous reports. In this study, we expand on past research by exploring differences in defense mechanism use between three groups: 1) without current suicide ideation/attempt; 2) with current suicide ideation/no attempt; and 3) with… 

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