Impulsivity, Anger, and Attitudes towards Suicide in Adolescents

Author: Zainab Jafri

Supervisor: Aasma Yousuf

Degree: BS

Year: 2009-2013

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between Impulsivity, Anger and attitudes towards suicide among adolescents and to examine gender differences on Impulsivity, Anger and Attitudes towards suicide among adolescents. The hypothesis of the study was that there would be a relationship between Impulsivity, Anger and Attitudes towards suicide among adolescents and there would be gender differences on Impulsivity, Anger and Attitudes towards suicide among adolescents. For the present correlational study, within group research design was used. The sample was comprised of264 adolescents: (15- 19 years), 129 boys and 13 5 girls selected through stratified disproportionate random sampling. The population included adolescents with age range (15-19) years. The data was collected form the government schools and colleges of four towns of Lahore. Demographic questionnaire, Barrat’s Impulsiveness Scale- BIS (Patton, Stanford & Barrat 1995), Multidimensional anger inventory-MAl (Siegel 1986) and Attitudes towards suicide-A’I’TS (Renberg & Jacobson 2003) were administered. Correlational Analysis revealed significant positive relationship between impulsivity and anger. Regression analysis revealed that among the subscales of anger i.e. anger-out is the best predictor¬† of attitudes towards suicide. Independent Samples t-test revealed no gender differences on impulsivity, anger and attitudes towards suicide. Dangerously aggressive and impulsive students could be identified by the teachers, family and parents. The future implications of the study include raising awareness of the increasing anger and impulsivity in adolescents and helping them to control it. Clinical and health professionals can timely identify the students with high impulsivity help to reduce suicidal ideation. The literature suggests that impulsivity and anger are the indicators of suicidal ideation so both of these psychological factors should be studied with attitudes towards suicide in Pakistani culture.

Keywords: Impulsivity, Anger, Attitudes towards Suicide.

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