The Moderating Effects of Gratitude on the Association between Perceived Parenting Styles and Suicidal Ideation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1671-1680
Journal / PublicationJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume26
Issue number6
Online publishedMar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Abstract

Suicidal ideation is defined as the thoughts about engaging in suicidal-related behaviors. Very few studies have been conducted on children’s suicidal ideation as there is a biased perception that suicidal behavior under the age of 12 is scarce. However, suicide is the leading cause of death among young children. Child suicidal ideation is predictive of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in adulthood. Association between certain parenting styles and suicidal ideation have been found in empirical studies. However, little is known about the role of parenting and suicidal ideation in Chinese young children. We examined whether gratitude can reduce the risk of suicide by moderating the association between parenting styles and child suicidal ideation. We recruited 447 Chinese children (53.3% female; mean age = 10.06, SD = 1.76) to participate in a survey. Perceived parenting style (warmth/accepting, dominating, and autonomy granting), gratitude, and suicidal ideation were assessed using self-reported measures. We found that all three perceived parental styles were significantly associated with child suicidal ideation. Further, gratitude was found to have a significant moderating effect on suicidal ideation, across the analysis of the three perceived parenting styles. This suggests that gratitude may be adopted in preventive and clinical interventions so that children at risk can benefit from reducing the negative effects of ineffective parenting styles and suicidal ideation.

Research Area(s)

  • Children, Gratitude, Parenting styles, Suicidal ideation

Citation Format(s)

The Moderating Effects of Gratitude on the Association between Perceived Parenting Styles and Suicidal Ideation. / LO, Hay Ming Herman; KWOK LAI, Yuk Ching Sylvia; YEUNG, Wai Keung Jerf; LOW, Yiu Tsang Andrew; TAM, Hau Lin Cherry.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 26, No. 6, 06.2017, p. 1671-1680.

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