Hopelessness, Family Functioning and Suicidal Ideation Among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong§
Sylvia Y.C. Lai Kwok*, 1, Daniel T.L. Shek2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 49
Last Page: 55
Publisher Id: TOFAMSJ-1-49
Article History:Received Date: 17/6/2008
Revision Received Date: 5/8/2008
Acceptance Date: 8/8/2008
Electronic publication date: 15/9/2008
Collection year: 2008
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Based on the responses of 5,557 Chinese secondary students in Hong Kong, the relationship among hopelessness, perceived family functioning and suicidal ideation was 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.