Problem-solving skills and suicidal ideation among Malaysian college students: the mediating role of hopelessness
Abdollahi, Abbas and Abu Talib, Mansor and Yaacob, Siti Nor and Ismail, Zanariah (2016) Problem-solving skills and suicidal ideation among Malaysian college students: the mediating role of hopelessness. Academic Psychiatry, 40 (2). pp. 261-267. ISSN 1042-9670; ESSN: 1545-7230
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40596-...
Objective: Recent evidence suggests that suicidal ideation has increased among Malaysian college students over the past two decades; therefore, it is essential to increase our knowledge concerning the etiology of suicidal ideation among Malaysian college students. This study was conducted to examine the relationships between problem-solving skills, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation among Malaysian college students. Methods: The participants included 500 undergraduate students from two Malaysian public universities who completed the self-report questionnaires. Results: Structural equation modeling estimated that college students with poor problem-solving confidence, external personal control of emotion, and avoiding style were more likely to report suicidal ideation. Hopelessness partially mediated the relationship between problem-solving skills and suicidal ideation. Conclusion: These findings reinforce the importance of poor problem-solving skills and hopelessness as risk factors for suicidal ideation among college students.
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