Year: 2009 Source: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, v.31, no.4, (December 2009), p.405-411 SIEC No: 20100517

This study sought to clarify the relation of anxiety symptoms & suicide ideation in children & adolescents by examining these variables in the context of depression & negative affect. Self-report measures of generalized anxiety, depression, negative affectivity, & suicide ideation were assessed in a primarily externalizing sample of Hawai’in children ages 7-18. Results suggest the relation between anxiety & suicide ideation was best accounted for by depression, not negative affectivity. Results also suggest negative affectivity was associated with suicide ideation but did not account for the relations among anxiety, depression, & suicide ideation. Depression, negative affect, & anxiety all significantly contributed to the prediction of suicide ideation scores. (51 refs.) JA