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The association of depression and sense of belonging with suicidal ideation among older adults: Applicability of resiliency models

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McLaren, S and Gomez, R and Bailey, M and Van Der Horst, RK, The association of depression and sense of belonging with suicidal ideation among older adults: Applicability of resiliency models, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior: The Official Journal of The American Association of Suicidology, 37, (1) pp. 89-102. ISSN 0363-0234 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1521/suli.2007.37.1.89

Abstract

Suicide among older people, especially men, is a significant problem. In this study the applicability of the compensatory, the risk-protective, the challenge, and the protective-protective models of resiliency for the prediction of suicidal ideation from depression (the risk factor) and sense of belonging to the community (the protective factor) was investigated. A total of 351 retired Australians (130 males and 221 females), with a mean age of 71.31 years (SD = 7.99), completed the Zung Depression Scale, the suicide subscale of the General Health Questionnaire, and the Sense of Belonging Instrument. When sense of belonging (psychological) was the protective factor, results indicated support for the risk-protective model for men and women, and for the compensatory model for women only. In contrast, when sense of belonging (antecedents) was the protective factor, support was evident for the compensatory model for men and women, and for the challenge model for women only. Results indicate that interventions should be developed to enhance sense of belonging among aging adults.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Gomez, R (Professor Rapson Gomez)
ID Code:62845
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:47
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2010-03-25
Last Modified:2010-05-05
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