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Examining the Link Between Pain and Suicidal Capability Using Virtual Reality as the Translational Approach

Title: Examining the Link Between Pain and Suicidal Capability Using Virtual Reality as the Translational Approach.
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Name(s): Sosa, Jaylene, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2020-11-19
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In prior literature regarding suicide, physical pain has been long implicated as a risk factor for suicide. Popular view has suggested that individuals who are exposed to pain may have an increased capability of suicide. However, it is unclear how the experience of pain and the likelihood of engaging in suicide are linked to each other. One possibility, as proposed by several suicide theories, could be that people who have developed a higher tolerance for pain (e.g., via repeated exposures to pain) may be at increased risk for suicide (e.g., Joiner 2005). Due to ethical and methodological constraints, there is a significant scarcity in research that examines the underlying processes linking pain and suicidal behaviors. Our study aimed to use a novel approach of virtual reality (VR) suicide scenarios and a lab-induced pain stimulation task to examine the link between pain and virtual reality suicide decision. Participants (N=164) went through: (1) pain calibration to assess their tolerable pain level (unless assigned to a neutral condition) and (2) virtual reality suicide scenarios where they were given the option to choose to engage in VR suicide or the alternative with mild pain manipulation applied. We aimed to examine whether the participants' suicide decision in the VR scenario was related to pain manipulation, and if their pain threshold could potentially affect the virtual reality suicide decision (emergence of suicide). The difference among the groups was minor as the administration of pain did not cause any significant changes in the participants engagement in suicide compared to the control group (χ2 = 2.58, p = .108).
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1606174833_7ba31732 (IID)
Keywords: Psychology, Suicide, Virtual reality, Pain, Pain Threshold
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1606174833_7ba31732
Use and Reproduction: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0)
Host Institution: FSU

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Sosa, J. (2020). Examining the Link Between Pain and Suicidal Capability Using Virtual Reality as the Translational Approach. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1606174833_7ba31732