Hopelessness, Family Functioning and Suicidal Ideation among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49 - 55
Journal / PublicationThe Open Family Studies Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Based on the responses of 5,557 Chinese secondary students in Hong Kong, the relationship among hopelessness, perceived family functioning and suicidal ideation were examined in this study. Results showed that while hopelessness had a positive relationship with suicidal ideation, perceived global family functioning had a negative relationship with Chinese adolescent suicidal ideation. Different dimensions of family functioning were differentially related to suicidal ideation, with conflict and harmony, parental concern and parental control showing stronger prediction of adolescent suicidal ideation than did mutuality and communication. It was further found that family functioning moderated the relationship between hopelessness and adolescent suicidal ideation. The present study underscores the importance of family functioning in the psychological well-being of Chinese adolescents. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • hopelessness, family functioning, Chinese adolescents, suicidal ideation, psychological well-being