ERIC Number: EJ786884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Dimensionality of Thoughts of Death and Suicide: Evidence from a Study of Homeless Adolescents
Yoder, Kevin A.; Whitbeck, Les B.; Hoyt, Dan R.
Social Indicators Research, v86 n1 p83-100 Mar 2008
This study used data from a sample of 444 homeless adolescents to determine whether thoughts of death and suicide form one construct (unidimensionality) or two distinct but correlated constructs (multi-dimensionality). Thoughts of death and suicide were common in the sample; over two-thirds of the adolescents positively endorsed at least one of the eight death- or suicide-related items. Evidence regarding dimensionality was mixed. Exploratory factor analysis results and similarity coefficients supported one construct; confirmatory factor analysis and external consistency results provided evidence for two constructs. The results were reconciled by considering suicidality as a continuum from thoughts of death to suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and completed suicide.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Suicide, Adolescents, Factor Analysis, Death, Measures (Individuals), Correlation, Adolescent Attitudes
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