Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Mathias Lasgaard

Loneliness, depressive symptomatology, and suicide ideation in adolescence: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses

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  • Mathias Lasgaard
  • Luc Goossens, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Ask Elklit, Denmark
  • Department of Psychology
Intimate partner violence (IPV) and suicidal behavior are major public health problems in the African American community. This study investigated whether or not IPV and suicidal ideation are correlated in urban African American women, and if the IPV–suicidal ideation link is explained by symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With 323 abused African American females, path analysis revealed that: (1) IPV → depressive symptoms → suicidal ideation, and (2) IPV → PTSD symptoms → depressive symptoms → suicidal ideation. When evaluating abused women, depressive and PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts must be assessed. Interventions for reducing suicidal behavior in abused, low income African American women should reduce symptoms of depression and PTSD.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2011

    Research areas

  • Loneliness, Depression, Suicide ideation, Adolescence, Longitudinal

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