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ERIC Number: EJ972076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Beyond Hurt Feelings: Investigating Why Some Victims of Bullying Are at Greater Risk for Suicidal Ideation
Bonanno, Rina A.; Hymel, Shelley
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v56 n3 Article 10 p420-440 Jul 2010
This study investigated why some adolescents who are victimized through peer bullying are more negatively impacted than others. Drawing from research on peer victimization and suicidology, two theoretically derived models were investigated, one examining social hopelessness as a risk factor, the other examining social support as a protective factor, both seeking to explain potential paths between victimization and suicidal ideation. Students in Grades 8-10 (N = 399) completed self-report measures of victimization, suicidal ideation, hopelessness (general and social), and perceived social support (from family and friends). Results indicated that social hopelessness partially mediated the relation between victimization and suicidal ideation, suggesting that one potential mechanism by which victimized students become suicidal is through victimization's impact on social hopelessness. The more socially hopeless someone becomes, the greater is their risk for having suicidal thoughts. Findings also revealed that perceived social support buffered the relation between victimization and suicidal ideation, such that victimized students with higher perceived social support from family reported lower levels of suicidal ideation than did students with lower perceived social support. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada