Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Clinical.


Balance, W.




Suicidal Behavior is an increasingly common problem that occurs with young adults. While there has been considerable research in this area there has been little detailed examination of the relationship of suicidal behavior with the salient developmental issues of young adulthood. A primary developmental issue facing young adults is the establishment of intimacy in interpersonal relationships. The establishment of intimacy is necessarily relational in nature and therefore the patterns of intimate relating exposed to while growing up likely have a significant effect on the later success in developing intimacy with others. Of the patterns of intimate interpersonal relating exposed to one of the most significant was within the family. If patterns of familial intimacy were dysfunctional then the young adult might encounter difficulty in developing and maintaining intimacy on his or her own. This difficulty, if serious enough, may consequently lead to distress, depression and suicidal ideation and attempt. It was found that young adults reporting suicidal ideation and attempt tended to indicate difficulties with their partners as the primary reason for considering or attempting suicide. In addition young adults reporting significant difficulties in their current relationships also revealed more problematic family functioning. Finally depression and poor family functioning, but not relationship difficulties, were found to be predictive of young adult suicidal behavior.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1998 .O57. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0596. Adviser: Bill Balance. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.