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Hope and its relation to suicidal risk behaviors among Malaysian adolescents


Choon, Min Wai and Abu Talib, Mansor and Yaacob, Siti Nor and Tan, Jo Pei and Awang, Hamidin and Hassan, Sallahuddin and Ismail, Zanariah (2014) Hope and its relation to suicidal risk behaviors among Malaysian adolescents. Asian Social Science, 10 (12). pp. 67-71. ISSN 1911-2017; ESSN: 1911-2025


Suicide is an epidemic issue worldwide and Asian countries are of no exception. In Malaysia, adolescent suicide constituted 10% of the overall reported suicide cases. Aforementioned, the current study examines Snyder’s theory of hope to understand suicidal risk among Malaysian adolescents. A total of 1441 adolescents were recruited using a multistage cluster sampling. Results showed significant relationship between both agency and pathway thinking with risk of suicidal behavior. Specifically, only agency thinking uniquely predicts adolescents’ suicidal risk in a regression model. Adolescents with higher motivation towards accomplishing a goal or plan have lower risk engaging in suicidal behaviors. Thus, suicide prevention focusing on increasing hope is significantly important. Limitations were discussed in the study.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v10n12p67
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Keywords: Suicidal risk; Hope; Agency; Pathway; Adolescent
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 00:25
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 08:41
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/37879
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