Adolescent suicide, depression and family dysfunction

Martin, G., Rotaries, P., Pearce, C. and Allison, S. (1995) Adolescent suicide, depression and family dysfunction. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 92 5: 336-344. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.1995.tb09594.x

Author Martin, G.
Rotaries, P.
Pearce, C.
Allison, S.
Title Adolescent suicide, depression and family dysfunction
Journal name Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-690X
Publication date 1995-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1995.tb09594.x
Volume 92
Issue 5
Start page 336
End page 344
Total pages 9
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated associations between adolescents' perceptions of their family dynamics (McMaster Family Assessment Device, FAD) and depression, suicide thoughts and attempts. High school students (mean age 15.2 years) completed self-report questionnaires including the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the FAD, questions about suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts, deliberate self harm, and selected life experiences. Univariate analysis showed that family dysfunction measured on the FAD is associated with thinking and planning suicide, deliberate self harm, suicide attempts, as well as severe depression (BDI ≥ 222). Despite this, stepwise regression indicated that family dysfunction influences suicide behaviors indirectly through other variables such as depression. The FAD is recommended as a useful addition to questionnaires seeking to identify vulnerability to both depression and adolescent attempted suicide in early detection studies.
Keyword Adolescence
Attempted suicide
Family function
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 23 August 2007.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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