Reasons for living and coping with suicidal ideation among adolescents in Malaysia

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Introduction: The rate of suicide ideation everywhere continues to increase, and adolescents are therefore at risk of displaying suicidal behaviour. This study examined the protective role of the reasons for living and coping strategies in reducing suicidal ideation among young adolescents in Malaysia. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 176 adolescents aged between 13 and 19 years of age with the majority being Malay and Muslim. The Brief Reasons for Living for Adolescents (BRFL-A), Jalowiec Coping Scale and Suicide Ideation Scale were employed. Results: The results showed that the reasons for living and palliative coping strategy correlated negatively with suicide ideation; although, further analysis using multiple regression revealed that family alliance and optimistic and palliative coping strategies were found to be significant reasons for living that protect adolescents from suicidal thoughts. Also, those adolescents who used emotive and evasive coping strategies had higher suicidal ideation. Conclusion: Cultural and social values continue to play an important role in protecting adolescents in Malaysia from suicidal behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-150
Number of pages11
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Suicidal Ideation
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Suicide
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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Coping skills
  • Malaysia
  • Optimism
  • Suicidal ideation

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  • Medicine(all)

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Reasons for living and coping with suicidal ideation among adolescents in Malaysia. / Che Din, Normah; Ibrahim, Norhayati; Amit, Noh; Abdul Kadir, Nor Ba`Yah; Halim, Mohd Radzi Tarmizi A.

In: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 5, 01.01.2018, p. 140-150.

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