Negative bodily self in suicide attempters

Israel Orbach, Eva Gilboa-Schechtman, Amir Sheffer, Sorin Meged, Dov Har-Even, Daniel Stein

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In the present study we investigated the relationship between suicidal behavior and aspects of bodily perception and parental care. Measures of bodily perception included measures of tactile sensitivity, body attitudes, and body experiences. Measures of parental care included parental bonding, negative and positive touch, and early maltreatment. One hundred and two adolescents (suicidal and nonsuicidal inpatients, and a control group) participated in the study. It was hypothesized that suicidal adolescents would (1) have higher tactile sensation thresholds, and more negative body attitudes and experiences; and (2) report less parental care, lower positive and higher negative parental touch, and higher parental maltreatment. It was also hypothesized that bodily sensitivity would mediate the relationship between suicidal tendencies and perceived negative early care. These hypotheses were confirmed. The role of a negative bodily self in suicidal behavior is proposed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-153
Number of pages18
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006


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