Year: 2002 Source: Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, v.34, no.4, (October 2002), p.235-238 SIEC No: 20090585

138 undergraduates participated in a study of the relationship between suicide ideation & level & (in)stability of self-esteem, while controlling for the possible effect of depression. Results of correlation analysis & an analysis of covariance showed that suicide ideation was significantly related to level of self-esteem, but not to (in)stability of self-esteem. An interaction effect showed that for individuals with high self-esteem, variation in self-esteem stability did not have a significant moderating influence, whereas for those with low self-esteem, stable self-esteem appeared to be a protective factor. (25 refs.)