Links between personality, alcohol use, and suicide in emerging adulthood

Julie A. Patock-Peckham, Lindsey M. Backer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Individual differences in personality play a significant role in the development of alcohol-related problems. Alcohol and other substance abuse disorders are known to be linked to suicide attempts and completions. This chapter will discuss both externalizing and internalizing pathways to alcohol-related problems in emerging adulthood as well as illustrate possible links to these mechanisms to suicide attempts. In the internalizing pathway to alcohol-related problems which may lead to suicide attempts, we will discuss one contributing mechanism, neuroticism, and one potentially protective mechanism, obsessive compulsive disorder. In the externalizing pathway to alcohol-related problems, we will explore antisocial personality disorder as a contributing mechanism to alcohol use, alcohol-related problems, suicide attempts, and suicide completions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSuicidal Behavior in Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Dependence
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781608769193
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine
  • General Social Sciences


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