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Volume 11, Pages 27-41
Research Article

Family Processes and Suicidal Ideation among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong

1Department of Applied Social Studies, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
3Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
4Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, China

Received 11 September 2010; Accepted 28 September 2010

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2011 Sylvia Y. C. L. Kwok and Daniel T. L. Shek.


Based on the responses of 5,557 Chinese secondary students in Hong Kong, the relationships between perceived family functioning (systemic correlate), parent-adolescent communication (dyadic correlate), and suicidal ideation were examined in this study. Results showed that suicidal ideation was negatively related to global family functioning and parent-adolescent communication. Regression analyses indicated that the dyadic and systemic factors had similar importance in predicting suicidal ideation. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.