Representations of God and suicide

Written by Kovács Ágnes, Bogdán Noémi, László József

This study investigates the relation between representations of God and suicidal behaviour. The hypothesis was that a certain representation of God has a protective effect with regards to suicidal risk. We surveyed in-patients (N=20), hospitalized with high suicidal risk and a control group. Results: There was no significant difference in religiosity between the two groups. Representations of God within the suicidal group had significantly higher number of abstract features and significantly fewer human features, than those in the control group.


Keywords: suicide, representations of God, true believer, formal believer

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