Linking family dysfunction to suicidal ideation: Mediating roles of self-views and world-views

Xiaohua Sylvia Chen, Wesley C.H. Wu, Michael Harris Bond

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Research on suicide has documented various factors predicting suicidal ideation. The present study focused on the pathways emanating from one of the external, environmental forces (i.e. family dysfunction) through internal responses (beliefs about oneself and about the world), to suicidal ideation among Hong Kong Chinese. Using structural equation modelling, we tested the mediating roles of depressive self-views (including stress perception, depressive cognition and negative self-esteem) as well as two dimensions of social axioms (social cynicism and negative reward for application). Multi-group analysis showed that the mediation model was invariant across both males and females. Being socialized into a problematic family of origin affected multiple aspects of one's assessments of both oneself and one's world which, in turn, lead to greater suicidal ideation. Our findings provide important implications for assessing suicidal risk and guiding interventions in clinical treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009


  • Family dysfunction
  • Self-view
  • Social axioms
  • Suicidal ideation
  • World-view

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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