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Predictors of suicide ideation and depression in Hong Kong adolescents: perceptions of academic and family climates.

Authors
  • Lee, Margaret T Y
  • Wong, Betty P
  • Chow, Bonnie W Y
  • McBride-Chang, Catherine
Type
Published Article
Journal
Suicide & life-threatening behavior
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2006
Volume
36
Issue
1
Pages
82–96
Identifiers
PMID: 16676629
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The unique dimensions of perceptions of school and family contributing to depression and suicide ideation in Hong Kong adolescents were examined in two studies. In Study 1, among 327 Hong Kong Chinese female students ages 13-18, 47% reported some suicide ideation. Suicide ideation was significantly associated with depression, test anxiety, academic self-concept, and adolescents' perceived parental dissatisfaction with academic performance. The correlation between test anxiety and depression was especially high (r = .51). Study 2 examined how three different aspects of perceived family relationship were associated with depression and suicide ideation. Among 371 Hong Kong Chinese adolescents ages 14-20, 52.6% reported suicide ideation. Low levels of family cohesion and support and high levels of parent-adolescent conflict were positively related to depression and suicide ideation in both genders. Across both studies, depression mediated associations between academic- and family-related variables and suicide ideation. Findings underscore the importance of both academic and family climate in understanding depression and suicide ideation among Chinese adolescents.

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