Hope and hopelessness : The role of hope in buffering the impact of hopelessness on suicidal ideation

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0130073
Journal / PublicationPLoS ONE
Volume10
Issue number6
Online published24 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2015

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Objectives: The present study investigated whether hope and hopelessness are better conceptualized as a single construct of bipolar spectrum or two distinct constructs and whether hope can moderate the relationship between hopelessness and suicidal ideation. Methods: Hope, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation were measured in a community sample of 2106 participants through a population-based household survey. Results: Confirmatory factor analyses showed that a measurement model with separate, correlated second-order factors of hope and hopelessness provided a good fit to the data and was significantly better than that of the model collapsing hope and hopelessness into a single secondorder factor. Negative binomial regression showed that hope and hopelessness interacted such that the effect of hopelessness on suicidal ideation was lower in individuals with higher hope than individuals with lower hope. Conclusions: Hope and hopelessness are two distinct but correlated constructs. Hope can act as a resilience factor that buffers the impact of hopelessness on suicidal ideation. Inducing hope in people may be a promising avenue for suicide prevention. Copyright:

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Hope and hopelessness : The role of hope in buffering the impact of hopelessness on suicidal ideation. / Huen, Jenny M. Y.; Ip, Brian Y. T.; Ho, Samuel M. Y.; Yip, Paul S. F.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 10, No. 6, e0130073, 24.06.2015.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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