Escaping the World: Linguistic Indicators of Suicide Attempts in Poets

Katarzyna Pająk , Jerzy Trzebiński


The purpose of this study was to determine features of language use in the texts of poets who committed suicide and to identify psychological factors contributing to depression and suicide. Texts of suicidal and non-suicidal poets were analyzed via the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count program. ANOVA and logistic regression analysis revealed predictors of suicide: higher percentage of words self-oriented, expressed negative emotions, ambiguity, exclusion attitude toward reality, and lower percentages of words related to others, world entitativity, and experiencing the world. The data support hypotheses that suicide is facilitated by weak social bonds, egocentrism, helplessness, and visions of an unordered, uncertain, and unsafe world.
Author Katarzyna Pająk
Katarzyna Pająk ,,
, Jerzy Trzebiński (Wydział Psychologii)
Jerzy Trzebiński,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesJournal of Loss & Trauma, ISSN 1532-5024, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2014
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in Englishsuicide, world-view, uncertainty, social isolation, helplessness, text analysis
ASJC Classification2738 Psychiatry and Mental health; 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous); 2921 Phychiatric Mental Health; 3207 Social Psychology
DOIDOI: 10.1080/15325024.2013.794663
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.872; WoS Impact Factor: 2014 = 0.707 (2) - 2014=1.233 (5)
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