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The moderating effect of social support on the relationship between physical health and suicidal thoughts among Chinese rural elderly: A nursing home sample

Zhang, Dan et al.

International journal of mental health nursing. Volume 27:Number 5 (2018); pp 1371-1382 -- Blackwell Publishing

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  • Title:
    The moderating effect of social support on the relationship between physical health and suicidal thoughts among Chinese rural elderly: A nursing home sample
  • Author: Zhang, Dan;
    Yang, Yang;
    Wu, Menglian;
    Zhao, Xia;
    Sun, Yaoyao;
    Xie, Hui;
    Li, Hongkai;
    Li, Yuqin;
    Wang, Kefang;
    Zhang, Jie;
    Jia, Jihui;
    Su, Yonggang
  • Found In: International journal of mental health nursing. Volume 27:Number 5 (2018); pp 1371-1382
  • Journal Title: International journal of mental health nursing
  • Subjects: Psychiatric nursing--Periodicals; elderly--nursing home--perceived social support--physical health--rural China--suicidal thoughts; Dewey: 610.736805
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Blackwell Publishing
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    Suicide rate is relatively high among Chinese rural elderly. While there has been some exciting work on reporting and preventing suicide among community‐dwelling elderly, only a few published studies have addressed the issues of rural nursing homes in China. This study aimed to investigate the relationship among perceived social support, physical health, and suicidal thoughts of the elderly living in Chinese rural nursing homes. It also examined the moderating effects of social support on the path from physical health to suicidal thoughts of the rural institutional elderly in China. This study investigated 205 participants aged 60 years and above in Chinese rural nursing homes. Participants' suicidal thoughts, perceived social support, and physical health were assessed. This study conducted descriptive analysis, Student's t ‐test, and Pearson's chi‐square test to test how physical health and social support predicted suicidal thoughts, as well as the moderating effects of family's, friends', and others' social support on physical health and suicidal thoughts. Both physical health and perceived social support were significantly related to suicidal thoughts. Perceived social support from family, friends, and significant others moderated the relationship between physical health and suicidal thoughts. Findings of this study suggested that increasing social support and improving physical health would be effective in both suicide prevention and intervention for the residents in Chinese rural nursing homes.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100067725819.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1445-8330; 10.1111/inm.12436
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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