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Vol. 45, No. 4, 2012
Issue release date: June 2012
Psychopathology 2012;45:228–234
(DOI:10.1159/000331598)
Original Paper

Depression and Suicidal Ideation in College Students

Farabaugh A.a · Bitran S.a · Nyer M.a · Holt D.J.a · Pedrelli P.a · Shyu I.a · Hollon S.D.c · Zisook S.d · Baer L.a · Busse W.b · Petersen T.J.a · Pender M.a · Tucker D.D.c · Fava M.a
aDepression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, and bCounseling Center, Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., cDepartment of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and dDepartment of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, San Diego, Calif., USA

Abstract

Background/Aims: Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in college students and is often associated with depression. The aim of this study was to assess the rates of suicidal ideation (SI) on college campuses and to identify its correlates. Methods: On-campus depression screening sessions were conducted at 3 universities (n = 898; 55% female; mean age 20.07 ± 1.85 years). Participants completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI; mean ± SD of total score = 6.27 ± 6.31) and other measures. Eighty-four students endorsed a ‘1’ on the BDI suicidality item, suggesting thoughts of suicide. Results: Results showed that students with greater depression severity, higher levels of hopelessness, and poorer quality of life were more likely to endorse SI. Conclusion: Factors associated with SI highlighted in this study may aid in the identification of college students at risk for suicide.

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 goto top of outline Author Contacts

Amy Farabaugh, PhD
Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02114 (USA)
Tel. +1 617 726 1629, E-Mail afarabaugh@partners.org


 goto top of outline Article Information

Received: March 12, 2010
Accepted after revision: August 5, 2011
Published online: May 22, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 4, Number of References : 29


 goto top of outline Publication Details

Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology, Phenomenology and Psychiatric Diagnosis)

Vol. 45, No. 4, Year 2012 (Cover Date: June 2012)

Journal Editor: Herpertz S.C. (Heidelberg)
ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print), eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

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