Mindfulness tempers the impact of personality on suicidal ideation

Raymond P. Tucker, Victoria M. O'Keefe, Ashley B. Cole, Sarah Rhoades-Kerswill, David W. Hollingsworth, Ashley C. Helle, Hilary L. DeShong, Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt, La Ricka R. Wingate

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The Five Factor Model (FFM) domains of neuroticism and extraversion have consistently been related to suicidal ideation, such that individuals high in neuroticism or low in extraversion are at greater risk for suicidal thinking. The relationship between mindfulness and suicidal thoughts has not been empirically investigated in relation to personality. However, mindfulness has been shown to moderate the relationship between neuroticism and depression (Barnhofer, Duggan, & Griffith, 2011). The current study examined the relationship of the FFM domains, mindfulness, and suicidal ideation, and tested whether mindfulness would moderate the relationship between FFM domains and suicidal thinking. Results indicated that mindfulness weakened the relationship between neuroticism and suicidal ideation. Additionally, a strong negative relationship between suicidal ideation and extraversion was present at low levels of mindfulness. The possible importance of incorporating mindfulness practices in the prevention of suicidal thinking is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
StatePublished - Oct 2014


  • Five factor model
  • Mindfulness
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide


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