Do close supportive relationships moderate the effect of depressive symptoms on suicidal ideation?

A.L. Murray, Karen McKenzie, Kara R. Murray, Marc Richelieu

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Abstract

Depressive symptoms, a lack of close supportive relationships and suicidal ideation are important risk factors for suicidal acts. Previous studies have primarily focused on the additive effects of close relationships and depressive symptoms on suicide risk. Here we explored whether, in addition, close relationships moderated the impact of depressive symptoms on suicidal ideation. An analysis of pre-existing data from 319 attendees at a student counselling service using moderated regression models indicated that when the student has close supportive relationships, the association between depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation is weaker than when he/she feels an absence of close relationships. This confirms the need to include enquiries about the presence of close relationships and depression as part of any suicide risk assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date18 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • close relationships
  • counselling
  • depression
  • students
  • suicidal ideation

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