Predictors of suicidal ideation with sub-optimal health status and anxiety symptom among Chinese adolescents

Chunyu Tu, Zhaohui Huang, Lijun Fu, Yirong Fang, Jiling Wang, Tianying Guo, Ming Li, Jiahu Hao, Fangbiao Tao
Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 2012, 58 (4): 314-9
Evidences in respect to the predictors of suicide ideation are uncertain and most associations only have been identified in cross-sectional studies. More information is needed to identify whether these predictors are true risk factors and can predict the development of suicidal ideation independently. Using the data from a prospective, longitudinal study (n = 2348), we examined the predictors of suicide ideation with demographic variety and psychological well-being of adolescents. Positive items of sub-optimal health status and anxiety symptom at baseline could strongly predict the incidence of self-reported suicidal ideation on a 1-year follow-up study. These results have implications for programs aimed at identifying school students at risk for suicide.

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