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Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development 4/2021

26-08-2020 | Original Article

Suicidality in 12-Year-Olds: The Interaction Between Social Connectedness and Mental Health

Auteurs: Gabrielle Simcock, Thu Andersen, Larisa T. McLoughlin, Denise Beaudequin, Marcella Parker, Amanda Clacy, Jim Lagopoulos, Daniel F. Hermens

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development | Uitgave 4/2021

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Abstract

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) are a leading cause of death in adolescence. To date, most research with youth has focused on risk factors for suicide; and less attention has been paid to resilience factors. This study examined whether positive beliefs and social connectedness moderate associations between mental health symptoms and STB. A community sample of 12-year-olds (N = 60) completed self-report questionnaires on their STB, mental health symptoms, positive beliefs and social connectedness. Nearly 20% of the adolescents reported STB. STB was associated with increased mental health symptoms and lower scores on the resilience measures. A significant moderating effect of social connectedness showed that youth with a combination of poor mental health and high levels of social support exhibited lower levels of STB. There was no significant moderating effect of positive beliefs. These results indicate that social support should be screened for in primary care and incorporated into youth suicide prevention programs.
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At the time this paper was written there was insufficient data from subsequent assessments to run longitudinal analyses: T1 (n = 60), T2 (n = 39), T3 (n = 31) and T4 (n = 5).
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Suicidality in 12-Year-Olds: The Interaction Between Social Connectedness and Mental Health
Auteurs
Gabrielle Simcock
Thu Andersen
Larisa T. McLoughlin
Denise Beaudequin
Marcella Parker
Amanda Clacy
Jim Lagopoulos
Daniel F. Hermens
Publicatiedatum
26-08-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development / Uitgave 4/2021
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-020-01048-8