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The relationship between over-general autobiographical memory and interpersonal problem solving was investigated by comparing a group of suicide attempters with a nonsuicidal psychiatric control group and a normal control group. Results showed that suicide attempters were more over-general in memory and displayed significantly poorer problem solving than the other two groups. Furthermore, suicide attempters who were more over-general displayed greater deficits in problem solving. It was concluded that effective problem solving in suicide attempters depends on specific autobiographical recall.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Suicide Life Threat Behav

Publication Date

2001

Volume

31

Pages

386 - 396

Keywords

Adult, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Mental Recall, Problem Solving, Reaction Time, Suicide, Attempted