ERIC Number: EJ1161226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Associations between School Climate, Suicidal Thoughts, and Behaviors and Ethnicity among Middle School Students
La Salle, Tamika P.; Wang, Cixin; Parris, Leandra; Brown, Jacqueline A.
Psychology in the Schools, v54 n10 p1294-1301 Dec 2017
The purpose of the current study is to investigate the relationships between suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs), school climate, and student demographics among middle school students. The study was conducted with a sample of 152,191 middle school students across 607 schools within 182 school districts in a southeastern state. Results support prior research that positive perceptions of school climate are associated with fewer reports of STB. Participants identified family reasons, bullying, peer problems, and "other" as the most common reasons for STB. Further, older students and males were more likely to engage in STB than their counterparts. When examining cross-sectional interactions, race/ethnicity moderated the relationship between school climate and STB. Findings from the study support the role of school psychologists in advocating for prevention and intervention STB supports for middle school students with particular attention to students who may be at increased risk based on group identification. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Suicide, Ethnicity, Middle School Students, Correlation, Schematic Studies, Family Characteristics, Bullying, Peer Influence, Gender Differences, School Psychology, Prevention, Intervention, Student Behavior, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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