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NCJ Number: 229970 Find in a Library
Title: Youth Engagement and Suicide Risk: Testing a Mediated Model in a Canadian Community Sample
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:March 2010  Pages:243-258
Author(s): Heather L. Ramey; Michael A. Busseri; Nishad Khanna; Linda Rose-Krasnor
Corporate Author: Youth Net Hamilton

Youth Net/Réseau Ado Ottawa
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Youth Net Hamilton
Hamilton, ON L8W 3J6 ,
Youth Net/Réseau Ado Ottawa
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1,
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study tested a mediated model that linked youth engagement, suicide risk predictive factors, and youth suicide risk in a large sample of Canadian youth.
Abstract: Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents in many industrialized countries. We report evidence from a mediation model linking greater youth activity engagement, spanning behavioral and psychological components, with lower suicide risk through five hypothesized intrapersonal and interpersonal mediating factors. Self-report survey data (15 percent French, 85 percent English) were gathered from a community sample of 5,015 Canadian adolescents participating in a mental health promotion program. Youth (M age = 15.77, SD = 1.42, 50 percent female) were from two urban centers in southern Ontario, Canada. Youth engagement (youth's most important type of activity, frequency of involvement, and psychological engagement), suicide risk predictive factors (self-esteem, current concerns, depressive symptoms, coping ability, and connections with others), and suicide risk (ideation and attempts) were assessed. Consistent with the hypothesized mediation model, enjoyment and stress in youth's most important activity and various activity types were associated with the various hypothesized suicide risk predictive factors, which in turn were related to suicide risk. Implications for conceptualizations of youth engagement as a multidimensional construct and for suicide risk prevention efforts are discussed. Figure, tables, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile suicide
Index Term(s): Adjudication standardization; Adolescent attitudes; Behavior typologies; Canada; Juvenile social adjustment; Mediation; Suicide causes; Suicidology
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