Stress, coping and suicide ideation in Chinese college students

Xiaoyun Zhang, Haiping Wang, Yan Xia, Xiaohong Liu, Eunju Jung

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The study was to examine 1) whether stress and coping styles could significantly predict the probability of suicide ideation; 2) and whether coping styles were mediators or moderators on the association between life stress and suicide ideation. The survey was conducted in a sample of 671 Chinese college students. Approximately twenty percent students reported having suicide ideation. Life stress, active coping styles, and passive coping styles all had independent effect on the probability of suicide ideation. Passive coping styles, especially fantasizing, mediated the relation between life stress and suicide ideation. Moderation hypotheses were not supported. Implications of the findings and future directions were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-690
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Coping
  • Mediator
  • Moderator
  • Stress
  • Suicide ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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