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Influential Path of Social Risk Factors toward Suicidal Behavior—Evidence from Chinese Sina Weibo Users 2013–2018

by 1,2, 1,3, 4, 5 and 1,3,*
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Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Department of Statistics, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Silver School of Social Work, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
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Department of Psychology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
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Academic Editor: Paul Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2604; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052604
Received: 7 January 2021 / Revised: 17 February 2021 / Accepted: 25 February 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021
(1) Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine suicidal risk factors, the relationship and the underlying mechanism between social variables and suicidal behavior. We hope to provide empirical support for the future suicide prevention of social media users at the social level. (2) Methods: The path analysis model with psychache as the mediate variable was constructed to analyze the relationship between suicidal behavior and selected social macro variables. The data for our research was taken from the Chinese Suicide Dictionary, Moral Foundation Dictionary, Cultural Value Dictionary and National Bureau of Statistics. (3) Results: The path analysis model was an adequate representation of the data. With the mediator psychache, higher authority vice, individualism, and disposable income of residents significantly predicted less suicidal behavior. Purity vice, collectivism, and proportion of the primary industry had positive significant effect on suicidal behavior via the mediator psychache. The coefficients of harm vice, fairness vice, ingroup vice, public transport and car for every 10,000 people, urban population density, gross domestic product (GDP), urban registered unemployment rate, and crude divorce rate were not significant. Furthermore, we applied the model to three major economic development belts in China. The model’s result meant different economic zones had no influence on the model designed in our study. (4) Conclusions: Our evidence informs population-based suicide prevention policymakers that incorporating some social factors like authority vice, individualism, etc. can help prevent suicidal ideation in China. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicidal behavior; social media; path analysis model suicidal behavior; social media; path analysis model
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Han, Y.; Li, H.; Xiao, Y.; Li, A.; Zhu, T. Influential Path of Social Risk Factors toward Suicidal Behavior—Evidence from Chinese Sina Weibo Users 2013–2018. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052604

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Han Y, Li H, Xiao Y, Li A, Zhu T. Influential Path of Social Risk Factors toward Suicidal Behavior—Evidence from Chinese Sina Weibo Users 2013–2018. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052604

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Han, Yujin, He Li, Yunyu Xiao, Ang Li, and Tingshao Zhu. 2021. "Influential Path of Social Risk Factors toward Suicidal Behavior—Evidence from Chinese Sina Weibo Users 2013–2018" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052604

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