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Negative automatic thoughts as a mediator of the relationship between depression and suicidal behaviour in an at-risk sample of Malaysian adolescents


Choon, Min Wai and Abu Talib, Mansor and Yaacob, Siti Nor and Awang, Hamidin and Tan, Jo Pei and Hassan, Sallahuddin and Ismail, Zanariah (2015) Negative automatic thoughts as a mediator of the relationship between depression and suicidal behaviour in an at-risk sample of Malaysian adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20 (2). pp. 89-93. ISSN 1475357X

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Abstract

Background: This study examined the mediating role of negative automatic thoughts in the relationship between depression and suicidal behaviour in a sample of at-risk Malaysian adolescents. Method: A total of 1441 adolescents were initially recruited via multistage cluster sampling. Subsequently, 294 at-risk adolescents were selected for further analyses through a specified cut-off score. Results: The results showed significant positive relationships among the study variables. Specifically, negative automatic thoughts emerged as a significant mediator in the relation between depression and suicidal behaviour (z = 7.15, p < .001). Conclusions: The findings suggest that depressed adolescents are at high risk for a host of negative thought processes which in turn lead to suicidal behaviour. The study limitations and recommendations for further research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Depression; negative automatic thoughts; suicidal behaviour; mediator; at-risk adolescents
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 06:47
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 06:47
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/25445

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