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Suicidal ideation and help-negation: Not just hopelessness or prior help.
Journal of Clinical Psychology (2001)
  • Coralie J Wilson, University of Wollongong
Abstract

Few distressed young people seek professional psychological help and little is known about what sources of help young people seek for different problems. In suicidal youth, poor help-seeking may be exacerbated by the process of help-negation. The current study is the first of a larger program of PhD research developed and led by the second author. In the current study, three hundred and two undergraduate university students completed a questionnaire measuring suicidal ideation, hopelessness, prior help-seeking experience, and help-seeking intentions. Participants indicated they would seek help from different sources of help for different types of problems, but friends were consistently rated as the most likely source of help. Help-negation was suggested by higher levels of suicidal ideation being associated with lower help-seeking intentions. However, the negative suicidal ideation/help-seeking intentions relationship was not explained by hopelessness and prior help-seeking. Help-seeking appears to involve more than just negative expectations regarding the future. The discussion proposes social problem-solving orientation as a potential explanatory variable.

Keywords
  • youth,
  • suicide prevention,
  • help-seeking,
  • help-negation
Publication Date
2001
Publisher Statement
Deane, F. P., Wilson, C. J., & Ciarrochi, J. (2001). Suicidal ideation and help-negation: Not just hopelessness or prior help. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(7), 901-914.
Citation Information
Coralie J Wilson. "Suicidal ideation and help-negation: Not just hopelessness or prior help." Journal of Clinical Psychology Vol. 57 (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fdeane/166/