Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/35293
Title: A longitudinal study on deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviors among Chinese adolescents
Authors: Law, BMF
Shek, DTL 
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Source: In DTL Shek, RCF Sun & CMS Ma (Eds.), Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong : family life, psychological well-being and risk behavior, p. 155-172. Singapore: Springer, 2014 How to cite?
Abstract: This longitudinal study examined deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviors among adolescents in junior secondary schools in Hong Kong. With specific reference to adolescents in Grade 9, the prevalence of deliberate self-harm behavior was 21.9 %, with preventing wounds from healing, self-scratching, and wrist cutting being the most prevalent self-harm behaviors; the prevalence of self-harm behavior was higher in girls than in boys. The prevalence of suicide attempts was 3.4 %, with girls manifesting more suicidal behaviors than boys. A path model with family functioning (mutuality, communication, and conflicts) at Time 1, positive youth development qualities at Time 2, and self-harm and suicidal behaviors at Time 3 was tested. The following results were obtained: (a) mutuality and communication at Time 1 predicted self-harm and suicidal behaviors at Time 3 via positive youth development at Time 2; (b) mutuality at Time 1 directly predicted self-harm behavior at Time 3; (c) family conflicts at Time 1 directly predicted suicidal behavior at Time 3. The proposed overall model was not entirely gender invariant. Although the paths were gender invariant, family conflicts at Time 1 predicted suicidal behavior at Time 3 for girls but not boys. The theoretical and applied implications of the findings are discussed in this work.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/35293
ISBN: 9812871438 (electronic bk.)
9789812871435 (electronic bk.)
9789812871428 (print bk.)
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