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Article: Suicidality and cultural values among Hong Kong adolescents

TitleSuicidality and cultural values among Hong Kong adolescents
Authors
KeywordsAdolescents
Chinese culture
Hong Kong
Individualism
Suicide
Values
Issue Date2004
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimed
Citation
Social Science And Medicine, 2004, v. 58 n. 3, p. 487-498 How to Cite?
AbstractScholars have proposed that individualistic values resulting from globalization are associated with increasing behavioral and emotional problems among youth in modernizing cultures. This study examined specific individualistic and traditional values in the context of suicidal ideation and behaviors in Hong Kong among community adolescent youths (N=2427) ages 14-18 years. Participants indicated the extent to which self-direction/independence and obedience/respect for elders were important to them. They also reported on four progressive levels of suicidality: whether in the last year they had experienced suicidal ideation, made plans for a suicide attempt, attempted suicide, and (for attemptors) made a serious attempt requiring medical attention. After controlling for quality of family relationships and depressive symptoms, at least one of the values predicted suicidality at all but the highest level. There were sex-specific associations between values and suicidality. In general, endorsement of self-direction was correlated with reduced risk of suicidality for boys and was irrelevant to girls. In contrast, traditional emphases on obedience and respect for elders were more frequently protective against suicidality for girls and were inconsistent predictors for boys. The relationship between values and suicidality was generally independent of the effect of family relationships and depressive symptoms. Thus, values were associated with adolescent suicidality, but not consistently in the direction predicted by some theorists, and the association depended upon the adolescent's sex. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86483
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.894
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dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_HK
dc.contributor.authorStewart, SMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, GMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, LMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, SYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, PWHen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:17:37Z-
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dc.date.issued2004en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science And Medicine, 2004, v. 58 n. 3, p. 487-498en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_HK
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dc.description.abstractScholars have proposed that individualistic values resulting from globalization are associated with increasing behavioral and emotional problems among youth in modernizing cultures. This study examined specific individualistic and traditional values in the context of suicidal ideation and behaviors in Hong Kong among community adolescent youths (N=2427) ages 14-18 years. Participants indicated the extent to which self-direction/independence and obedience/respect for elders were important to them. They also reported on four progressive levels of suicidality: whether in the last year they had experienced suicidal ideation, made plans for a suicide attempt, attempted suicide, and (for attemptors) made a serious attempt requiring medical attention. After controlling for quality of family relationships and depressive symptoms, at least one of the values predicted suicidality at all but the highest level. There were sex-specific associations between values and suicidality. In general, endorsement of self-direction was correlated with reduced risk of suicidality for boys and was irrelevant to girls. In contrast, traditional emphases on obedience and respect for elders were more frequently protective against suicidality for girls and were inconsistent predictors for boys. The relationship between values and suicidality was generally independent of the effect of family relationships and depressive symptoms. Thus, values were associated with adolescent suicidality, but not consistently in the direction predicted by some theorists, and the association depended upon the adolescent's sex. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimeden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Science and Medicineen_HK
dc.subjectAdolescentsen_HK
dc.subjectChinese cultureen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectIndividualismen_HK
dc.subjectSuicideen_HK
dc.subjectValuesen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescent-
dc.subject.meshAdolescent Behavior - ethnology - psychology-
dc.subject.meshCulture-
dc.subject.meshSocial Values - ethnology-
dc.subject.meshSuicide - ethnology-
dc.titleSuicidality and cultural values among Hong Kong adolescentsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0277-9536(03)00242-9en_HK
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