The Korean Journal of Human Development

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The Relationships between Childhood Emotional Maltreatment and Adolescent Suicidal Ideation: The Mediating Effects of a Traumatized Self-System and Depression

AUTHOR : 추경진,최종옥

INFORMATION : page. 83~103 / 2015 Vol.22 No.4


The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships among childhood emotional maltreatment, adolescent suicide ideation, a traumatized self-system, and depression. Structural equation modeling analysis was conducted using self-report data from 366 adolescents (168 male and 198 female). The findings of this study were as follows. First, childhood emotional maltreatment had an indirect effect on suicidal ideation through a traumatized self-system or depression. Second, double-mediation effects of a traumatized self-system and depression between childhood emotional maltreatment and adolescent suicide ideation were also significant. This study proved that a traumatized self-system, a relatively new concept just introduced in previous studies, was a significant predictive factor for suicide ideation, serving as an intervening varable of developing suicidal ideation among adolescent who had suffered emotional maltreatment. Based on these findings, effective intervention strategies were discussed for individuals who experienced emotional maltreatment as children and for those who are experiencing difficulties in with adolescent suicide ideation.

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