Suicidal ideation in adolescents: An explanatory model using LISREL

Young Joo Park, Ho Sihn Ryu, Kuem Sun Han, Jung Hye Kwon, Han Kyeom Kim, Hyun Cheol Kang, Ji Won Yoon, Suk Hee Cheon, Hyunjeong Shin

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Suicidal ideation has been reported to be a major factor in attempted and completed suicides. The purpose of this study is to test a structural model to explain adolescent suicidal ideation. Specifically tested is the relationship between the predictor variables of trait anger, anger suppression, entrapment, psychosomatic symptoms, depression, and resilience and the dependent variable of suicidal ideation. Data are collected from a convenience sample of 11,393 students from 36 middle schools and 23 high schools in Korea. Trait anger, entrapment, psychosomatic symptoms, depression, and resilience have a direct effect on suicidal ideation whereas anger suppression shows a significant indirect effect on adolescent suicidal ideation. The predictor variables account for 39% of the variance in suicidal ideation. The study findings suggest that future programs for prevention or alleviation of adolescents' suicidal ideation need to use interventions that facilitate their resilience and reduce their anger, entrapment feeling, psychosomatic symptoms, and depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-184
Number of pages17
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar


  • Adolescents
  • Structural models
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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