Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Individuals are hypothesized to acquire the capability for suicide through the experiencing of painful and provocative events. The primary purpose of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Painful and Provocative Events Scale (PPES), a measure that seeks to identify experiences that lead an individual to acquire the capability for suicide through an increased tolerance for pain and a decreased fear of death. An exploratory factor analyses conducted to examine the factor structure of a revised Painful and Provocative Events Scale yielded a two-factor structure. The results of a confirmatory factor analysis supported the two-factor structure. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses and a path analyses found support for the Interpersonal- Psychological Theory of Suicide in a sample of undergraduates and a subsample of cyberbullying victims.
McNally, Matthew R., "Examining the Painful and Provocative Events Scale and Testing the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior in Undergraduates and Cyberbullying Victims" (2013). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 106.