Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Kral, M.


Psychology, Clinical.



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The rate of completed suicide among individuals with schizophrenia is very high: 10% across the lifespan, compared to 1% in the population as a whole. The focus of the literature in this area has been on clinical and demographic risk factors. Two specific known risk factors are social isolation and high premorbid achievement. The present study hypothesized that high levels of two personality traits, Extraversion and Achievement Striving, interact with these factors to increase or decrease the risk for suicide. The predicted pattern was not supported. However, individuals who were low on Extraversion and low on Achievement Striving had higher ratings of suicide risk. Future research should focus on exploring the link between personality and suicide, both among individuals with schizophrenia, and in the general population.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .D38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0364. Adviser: Michael J. Kral. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.