Suicide Attempts and Perceived Social Support among Chinese Drug Users : The Mediating Role of Self-Esteem and Depression

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Original languageEnglish
Article number208
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number1
Online published30 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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Abstract

Suicidal behavior is a severe problem among drug users. This study examines influential factors related to suicide attempts and analyzes possible mediators of the relationship between perceived social support and suicide attempts amongst Chinese drug users under compulsory institutional drug treatment. Taking perceived social support as the independent variable, we found that the relationship between suicide attempts and perceived social support is mediated by self-esteem as a protective factor and depression as a risk factor. Path analysis shows that self-esteem contributes relatively more to the indirect effects than depression does, accounting for 31.1% and 24.2% of the total effect, respectively. Generally speaking, the findings of this study point to an urgent need for addressing suicide attempts among Chinese drug users while treating self-esteem as the protective factor that deserves as substantial attention as depression receives.

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  • Chinese drug users, Depression, Perceived social support, Self-esteem, Suicide attempts

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Suicide Attempts and Perceived Social Support among Chinese Drug Users : The Mediating Role of Self-Esteem and Depression. / Deng, Yali; Li, Xuemeng; Liu, Liu; Chui, Wing Hong.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 18, No. 1, 208, 01.2021.

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