Common correlates of suicidal ideation and physical assault among male and female university students in Hong Kong

Ko Ling Edward Chan, Agnes Tiwari, W. C. Leung, Hesta W Y Ho, Catherine Cerulli

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This study examined prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation and dating partner violence in a cohort of 651 university students in social sciences classes at three universities in Hong Kong. A standard questionnaire was completed within one class period to examine the rates of occurrence of physical assault perpetration and suicidal ideation. Separate rates are presented for male and female perpetrators and for severe and overall levels of violence. The differences between subjects having suicidal ideation are compared using t tests. Logistic regression is used to predict the presence or absence of physical assault in the preceding year of reporting and suicidal ideation based on the variables such as Personal Relationship Profile, age, relationship length, and socioeconomic status. Results showed that 55% of suicidal persons had a history of violence, whereas 39% of violent people had a history of suicidal ideation. Logistic regression showed that physical assault shared a total of seven associated factors with suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation seems to have no direct relation to physical and sexual assault, but they do share some common associated factors that are essential for the development of suicide prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-303
Number of pages14
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • Dating violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Personality disorder
  • Risk factor
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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