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O'Beaglaoich, Cormac and McCutcheon, Jessica and Conway, Paul F and Hanafin, Joan and Morrison, Todd G (2020) Adolescent suicide ideation, depression and self-esteem: relationships to a new measure of gender role conflict. Frontiers in Psychology , 11 , (111) .

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC70476...

Among 15-24 year olds in Ireland, completed suicide was responsible for 4.1 times more male deaths than female deaths in 2014 (World Health Organization [WHO], 2017). Few international research studies have investigated the relationship between masculinity [as assessed by a measure of gender role conflict (GRC)] and suicide ideation, and none have done so with Irish adolescents. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationships between a new measure of GRC developed specifically for use with Irish adolescents (I-GRCS-A; O'Beaglaoich et al., 2016), and depression, self-esteem, and negative/protective suicide ideation.

A sample of 176 adolescent boys ( = 16.9, = 0.94) from a non-clinical population participated in the study. Regression analyses and tests of mediation revealed that depression significantly mediated the relationship between GRC and negative suicide ideation, whilst self-esteem and depression significantly mediated the relationship between GRC and positive suicide ideation. Implications and limitations of the current study are outlined and directions for future research are discussed.


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