Social support, psychological strain, and suicidality: Evidence from Chinese universities
Psychology in the Schools
This study aimed to apply psychological strain theory to explore the relationship between psychological strain and suicidality among Chinese young adults with a moderating effect of perceived social support. A questionnaire was administered with the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised, and Psychological Strain Scale among 13,250 college students across China. The main determinants of suicidal behavior were examined with multiple linear regression. Two steps of multiple regression were employed to define the moderating effect of social support. A positive relationship between psychological strain and suicidality was reported in the study, and social support was confirmed as a moderating factor between psychological strain and suicidal behavior. Practitioner points - Psychological strain is positively associated with suicidal behavior among Chinese young adults. - Social support is negatively related to both psychological strain and suicidal behavior among Chinese young adults. - Social support acts as a moderator of the adverse effect of psychological strain on suicidal behavior.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wang, W., & Zhang, J. (2023). Social support, psychological strain, and suicidality: Evidence from Chinese universities. Psychology in the Schools, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.23047, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.23047. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited. © 2023 Wiley Periodicals LLC. This article will be embargoed until 08/12/2024.
China, moderator, social support, strain, suicide
Wang, W., & Zhang, J. (2023). Social support, psychological strain, and suicidality: Evidence from Chinese universities. Psychology in the Schools, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.23047