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Painful and provocative events scale and fearlessness about death among Veterans: Exploratory factor analysis

Article

Previous literature indicates that repetitive exposure to painful and provocative events is related to increased acquired capability for suicide. This study explored the relation between factors and fearlessness about death.

Abstract

The interpersonal theory of suicide suggests three proximal risk factors for suicide: perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and acquired capability. Previous literature indicates that repetitive exposure to painful and provocative events is related to increased acquired capability for suicide. Despite this, research related to the assessment of painful and provocative events has been insufficient. Research has inconsistently administered the Painful and Provocative Events Scale (PPES; a painful and provocative events assessment), and no study has examined the factor structure of the English PPES. This study explored the factor structure of the PPES and the relation between factors and fearlessness about death.

Full Reference

Poindexter, E.K., Nazem, S., Forster, J.E., 2017. Painful and provocative events scale and fearlessness about death among Veterans: Exploratory factor analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 208, pp528-534.