Suicide ideation and its relationship to depressed mood in a community sample of adolescents in Hong Kong

Sunita Mahtani Stewart, T. H. Lam, Carol Betson, S. F. Chung

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Abstract

A sample of 996 Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong provided information about their suicide ideation. Their depressive symptoms were measured by the Chinese Beck Depression Inventory (C-BDI), and a broad range of stressors were also assessed as potential predictors to level of suicide ideation. The stressors and C-BDI scores predicted 33% of the variance in suicide ideation. In boys, most of the prediction was attributable to C-BDI scores, suggesting that depression mediated the effects of stressors. In girls, C-BDI scores, perceptions of low parental caring, and high conflict with parents had additive effects in predicting level of suicide ideation. This study contributes needed information about a non-Western population and highlights gender differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-240
Number of pages14
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume29
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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