Cognitive, Emotive and Cognitive-behavioral Correlates of Suicidal Ideation among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdolescence and Behavior Issues in a Chinese Context
EditorsDaniel T.L. Shek, Rachel C.F. Sun, Joav Merrick
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Chapter12
Pages187-202
ISBN (Electronic)9781626186927
ISBN (Print)9781626186149
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NamePediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.

Abstract

Utilizing Daniel Goleman’s theory of emotional competence, Beck’s cognitive theory and Rudd’s cognitive-behavioral theory of suicidality, the relationships between hopelessness (cognitive component), social problem solving (cognitive-behavioral component) and emotional competence (emotive component) and adolescent suicidal ideation were examined. Based on the responses of 5,557 Secondary 1 to Secondary 4 students from 42 secondary schools in Hong Kong, results showed that suicidal ideation was positively related to adolescent hopelessness but negatively related to emotional competence and social problem solving. While standard regression analyses showed that all the above variables were significant predictors of suicidal ideation, hierarchical regression analyses showed that hopelessness was the most important predictor of suicidal ideation, followed by social problem solving and emotional competence. Further regression analyses found that all the four subscales of emotional competence, i.e. empathy, social skills, self management of emotions, and utilization of emotions were important predictors of male adolescent suicidal ideation. However, social skill was not a significant predictor of female adolescent suicidal ideation. Standard regression analysis also revealed that all the three subscales of social problem solving, i.e. negative problem orientation, rational problem solving, impulsiveness /carelessness style, were important predictors of suicidal ideation.

Theoretical and practice implications of the findings are discussed.

Citation Format(s)

Cognitive, Emotive and Cognitive-behavioral Correlates of Suicidal Ideation among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong. / Kwok, Sylvia Y.C.L.; Shek, Daniel T.L.

Adolescence and Behavior Issues in a Chinese Context. ed. / Daniel T.L. Shek; Rachel C.F. Sun; Joav Merrick. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. p. 187-202 (Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review