Hopelessness, parent-adolescent communication, and suicidal ideation among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

Sylvia Y.C. Lai Kwok, Tan Lei Shek

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Abstract

Based on the responses of 5,557 Chinese secondary students in Hong Kong, the relationships among perceived hopelessness, family functioning, and suicidal ideation were examined. Results showed that suicidal ideation was positively related to hopelessness, but negatively related to parent-adolescent communication. Compared with father-adolescent communication, mother-adolescent communication generally had a stronger association with adolescent suicidal ideation. It was further found that the linkage between hopelessness and adolescent suicidal ideation was stronger under a low parent-adolescent communication condition, thus suggesting the moderating effect of parent-adolescent communication on the effect of hopelessness on suicidal ideation. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-233
Number of pages10
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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