Socio-demographic correlates of suicidal ideation among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

Sylvia Y.C.Lai Kwok, Tan Lei Shek

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Abstract

Several socio-demographic correlates, including age of adolescents, family economic status, parental marital status, parental occupational status and parental educational level of adolescent suicidal ideation among Chinese adolescents (N = 5,557) were examined in this study. The results showed that older adolescents had a significantly higher level of suicidal ideation than did younger ones. Adolescents living in non-intact families had a significantly higher level of suicidal ideation than those in intact families. Adolescents with lower socioeconomic status (indexed by economic disadvantage, parental occupational status, and parental educational attainment) displayed higher levels of suicidal ideation than did adolescents with higher suicidal ideation. Although these socio-demographic correlates were significantly related to suicidal ideation, the practical significance was not high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-472
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume20
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Hong Kong
  • Socio-demographics
  • Suicide
  • Suicide behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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