Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Is Mindset Related to Resilience, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation?
by Clark, Anita Lynn, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2018, 117; 10784185
Abstract (Summary)

In the United States suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the general population. The United States Surgeon General made a call to action to address this epidemic. The call was for more research for screening and interventions for those at risk for depression and suicide. Research has suggested that individuals adopt implicit mindsets that inhibit their ability to cope with adversity, rendering them less resilient and more susceptible to succumbing to depression and suicidal ideation. Growth mindset has been positively correlated with resilience in a variety of contexts. The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate growth mindset in the context of emotions to discern if there was a relationship between emotional growth mindset and depression and suicidal ideation. Specifically, this study investigated the predictive power of emotional growth mindset on depression and suicide. Online surveys were administered to 164 participants. The surveys measured emotional growth mindset, depression and suicidal ideation. Multiple regression analyses were performed using SPSS to discern relationships between variables. The results indicated a negative relationship between variables. Emotional growth mindset was negatively correlated with both depression and suicidal ideation. However, the relationship was only strong enough to be predictive of suicidal ideation (r( N=164)=-.249,p=.001). This suggests that emotional growth mindset could be an effective screening tool for those at risk for suicide. More research is needed to confirm the results of this study as well as investigate growth mindset’s potential as an intervention for those at risk for suicide.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Piferi, Rachel
Commitee: Scherzer, Barbara
School: Northcentral University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Depression, Growth mindset, Mindset, Resilience, Screening, Suicide
Publication Number: 10784185
ISBN: 9780355817430
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