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Suicidal Ideation among Japanese Undergraduate Students: Relationships with Borderline Personality Trait, Depressive Mood, and Childhood Abuse Experiences
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Toshinori Kitamura, Kitamura Institute of Mental Health Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
Toshiaki Nagata, Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare, Kumamoto, Japan.
Although previous studies repeatedly noted that childhood abuse experiences and borderline personality traits, and depressive mood would influence suicidal ideation, few studies have attempted to reveal the independent contributory role of each factor to suicidal ideation. A multi-wave questionnaire survey among approximately 500 Japanese college students. Using structural equation modeling, we found childhood abuse experiences assessed by the Child Abuse and Trauma Scale had statistically significant impact on suicidal ideation through borderline personality characteristics assessed by the Inventory of Personality Organization, and depressive mood assessed by the Self-rating Depression Scale as mediators. The effects of childhood abuse experiences on trait suicidal ideation (persistent suicidal ideation) may be mediated by borderline personality traits and depressive mood. Future public health efforts should address suicide in the framework of personality characteristics.
Suicidal Ideation, Borderline Personality, Depressed Mood, Childhood Adversity
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