Personality traits, theory of mind and their relationship with multiple suicide attempts in a sample of first episode psychosis patients: One-year follow-up study

Manuel Canal-Rivero, E. Velasco-Barbancho, M. L. Barrigón, F. Villar-Cabeza, J. E. Obiols-Llandrich, B. Crespo-Facorro, M. Ruiz-Veguilla

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© 2019 Background: High rates of suicidal behaviour (SB) have been found in first episode psychosis (FEP) patients. It has been suggested that the presence of multiple suicide attempts (mSA) increases the risk of later SA and the risk of eventual death by suicide. Objective: Our main objective was to study the baseline factors associated with the presence of mSA during the first year after FEP. In addition, a second aim was to find out whether there were any differences between single and multiple suicide attempters in the timing of the first SA after FEP. Method: A total of 65 FEP patients were evaluated. The presence of SAs were recorded at two different times after FEP. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed to explore the relationship between SA with sociodemographic and clinical variables. Results: Multiple linear regression showed that mSA was associated with the presence of increased symptom severity (B = 0.35; t = 3.67; p < 0.01) and errors in first-order false-belief task (B = 0.48; t = 2.11; p = 0.04). There were significant differences in the timing of first SA after FEP between multiple and single suicide attempters. Conclusions: Theory of mind impairments along with more severe symptoms during the first contact with mental health services for psychotic symptoms appeared to be important predictors of mSA. On the other hand, multiple suicide attempters tend to make a first SA after FEP earlier than single suicide attempters. These results could contribute to the implementation of preventive suicidal programs, however they must be confirmed by additional research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume256
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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