Date of Award
Master of Arts
Sociological research on suicide often emphasizes Durkheim’s notion that social integration provides protection against self-harm; however, research in medical sociology demonstrates that social relationships are not always beneficial to mental health. With this study, I use the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to examine how social integration via romantic relationships shapes suicidality in young adulthood. Interestingly, the mere presence of a romantic relationship is not protective against suicidal thoughts; for example, married or cohabiting individuals are no less likely to report suicide ideation than single individuals. However, men and women in high quality romantic relationships are less likely to report suicidal thoughts. Further, men and women are more likely to report having suicidal thoughts if they are unhappy with or less committed to their relationships. My findings suggest that social ties may protect or harm individuals’ mental health depending on the qualities of the relationship.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Still, Darla Marie, "Romantic Relationship Quality as a Protective Factor Against Suicidal Ideation in Young Adulthood" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1056.