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Linking Psychological Strain and Suicide Ideation: A Test of the Mediating Effect of Self-Determination Among Chinese Workers

Zhang, Jie, PhD*†; Liu, Yuxin, PhD; Zhang, Jianwei, PhD§; Chen, Chen, MA

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: May 2018 - Volume 206 - Issue 5 - p 362–369
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000809
Original Articles

Psychosocial causes of suicidal ideation among those who do not have diagnosable mental illnesses remain largely unexplored. Synthesizing the strain theory of suicide and self-determination theory, this research tested a multiple mediator model linking psychological strain with suicidal ideation via three basic psychological need satisfaction. Data from 750 professional employees in China support for the partially mediated effects of psychological strain via need satisfaction of competence and relatedness. These findings contribute to understanding Chinese employees' suicidal ideation from positive psychology perspective that is distinct from what is known from psychopathology.

*Shandong University School of Public Health Center for Suicide Prevention Research, Jinan, Shandong, China; †SUNY Buffalo State Department of Sociology, Buffalo, New York; ‡School of Business, University of International Business and Economics; §Graduate School of Education, Beijing Institute of Technology; and ∥Business School, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China.

Yuxin Liu contributed equally to this study and is a co-first author.

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