Depression, hopelessness, and suicidal behavior in Chinese and American psychiatric patients

J. A. Chiles, K. D. Strosahl, Z. Y. Ping, M. C. Michael, K. Hall, R. Jemelka, B. Senn, C. Reto

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Abstract

The authors compared 37 patients in the People's Republic of China and 46 patients in the United States who were having difficulty with suicidal thinking or behavior. Hopelessness, reasons for living, and suicidal efficacy showed none of the expected relationships with suicidal intent among the Chinese patients, but the two groups were similar on many variables theoretically related to suicidality. Chinese patients were less likely to communicate suicidal intent and rated suicide as less effective at solving problems. The authors examine such variations in the light of possibly different cultural approaches to suicidal behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume146
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Chiles, J. A., Strosahl, K. D., Ping, Z. Y., Michael, M. C., Hall, K., Jemelka, R., Senn, B., & Reto, C. (1989). Depression, hopelessness, and suicidal behavior in Chinese and American psychiatric patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 146(3), 339-344. https://doi.org/10.1176/ajp.146.3.339