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New Perspectives on Suicide Prevention and Postvention in Adolescents and Young Adults

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (16 May 2023) | Viewed by 2714

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1. Centro de Medicina Reproductiva y Desarrollo Integral del Adolescente (CEMERA), Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Santiago 8380455, Chile
2. Millennium Nucleus to Improve the Mental Health of Adolescents and Youths (Imhay), Santiago 8380455, Chile
3. Millennium Institute for Research in Depression and Personality (MIDAP), Santiago 7820436, Chile
Interests: adolescent and youth mental health; depression; suicide prevention; internet-based interventions; e-mental health

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1. Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago 8370076, Chile
2. Millennium Nucleus to Improve the Mental Health of Adolescents and Youths (Imhay), Santiago 8380455, Chile
3. Millennium Institute for Research in Depression and Personality (MIDAP), Santiago 7820436, Chile
Interests: self-harm; non-suicidal self-injury; suicide prevention; depression; social determinants of health; digital mental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Self-injury and suicidal thoughts as well as behaviors are common among adolescents and young adults, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in this population group.

This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the current knowledge on adolescent and youth suicide prevention as well as postvention. Submissions addressing adolescent and youth suicidal behaviors in different cultural contexts and studies on prevention and postvention strategies applied in different settings (clinical, educational, occupational, and community) are welcome.

Contributions are expected to address the experiences of adolescents and youth from clinical or community samples, including specific groups (indigenous and LGBTQ+ youth, among others), and discuss current challenges in terms of research, clinical practice, and the implementation of specific interventions. Contributions may address different prevention approaches (universal, selective, or indicated) and different types of prevention or postvention interventions (gatekeeper training programs, digital interventions, survivor support strategies, etc.).

Proposals should constitute original research (theoretical or empirical) or literature reviews from psychology, psychiatry, and public health, as well as from the social sciences and medical humanities.

Prof. Dr. Vania Martínez Nahuel
Dr. Álvaro Jiménez Molina
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • mental health
  • self-injury
  • suicidal behavior
  • suicide prevention
  • postvention
  • suicide bereavement
  • adolescents
  • young adults

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The Relationship of Family Functioning and Suicidal Ideation among Adolescents: The Mediating Role of Defeat and the Moderating Role of Meaning in Life
by Qin Yang, Yi-Qiu Hu, Zi-Hao Zeng, Shuang-Jin Liu, Tong Wu and Gang-Huai Zhang
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(23), 15895; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192315895 - 29 Nov 2022
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Objective: To investigate the relationship between family functioning and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Method: A total of 4515 junior and senior high school students were assessed using the Family APGAR, the Depressive Symptom Index-Suicidality Subscale, the Defeat Scale, and the Chinese Meaning in [...] Read more.
Objective: To investigate the relationship between family functioning and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Method: A total of 4515 junior and senior high school students were assessed using the Family APGAR, the Depressive Symptom Index-Suicidality Subscale, the Defeat Scale, and the Chinese Meaning in Life Questionnaire. Results: This study found pairwise correlations between suicidal ideation, family functioning, defeat, and meaning in life. Specifically, family functioning was an influencing factor of adolescent suicidal ideation, and defeat was a mediator of the relationship between family functioning and adolescent suicidal ideation; meaning in life was found to be a moderator of the first half of the mediation process by defeat, that is, it moderated the influence of family functioning on adolescent defeat. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the relationship between family functioning and adolescent suicidal ideation, as well as the influence of defeat and meaning in life on this relationship, constituted a moderated intermediary model. This finding has both theoretical and practical value for the implementation of a psychosocial model of adolescent suicide prevention and intervention. Full article
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