A model of sexual abuse's effects on suicidal behavior and delinquency: The role of emotions as mediating factors

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Title:
A model of sexual abuse's effects on suicidal behavior and delinquency: The role of emotions as mediating factors
Authors:
Sigfusdottir, Inga Dora; Asgeirsdottir, Bryndis Bjork; Gudjonsson, Gisli H.; Sigurdsson, Jon Fridrik
Citation:
J Youth Adolesc. 2008, 37(6):699-712
Issue Date:
1-Jul-2008
Abstract:
Drawing on Agnew’s general strain theory, we examined whether depressed mood and anger mediated the effects of sexual abuse on suicidal behavior and delinquency. Participants included 9,113 students attending high schools in Iceland. Structural equation modeling showed that, while controlling for family structure and parental education, being exposed to strain in the form of sexual abuse was positively related to both depressed mood and anger. The effects of sexual abuse on suicidal behavior of both boys and girls were twice as strong through depressed mood as through anger. The effects of sexual abuse on outwardly-directed forms of delinquency for both genders were stronger through anger than through depressed mood. These findings highlight the complex nature of the effects of strain on adolescents’ emotions and behavior. Moreover, they show that depression—in contrast to outwardly-directed delinquency, where feelings of anger are predominantly influential—is more relevant than anger to suicidal behavior.
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dc.contributor.authorSigfusdottir, Inga Dora-
dc.contributor.authorAsgeirsdottir, Bryndis Bjork-
dc.contributor.authorGudjonsson, Gisli H.-
dc.contributor.authorSigurdsson, Jon Fridrik-
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-27T16:18:00Z-
dc.date.available2008-06-27T16:18:00Z-
dc.date.issued2008-07-01-
dc.date.submitted2008-06-27-
dc.identifier.citationJ Youth Adolesc. 2008, 37(6):699-712en
dc.identifier.issn0047-2891-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10964-007-9247-6-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/30564-
dc.descriptionTo access publisher full text version of this article. Please click on the hyperlink in Additional Links fielden
dc.description.abstractDrawing on Agnew’s general strain theory, we examined whether depressed mood and anger mediated the effects of sexual abuse on suicidal behavior and delinquency. Participants included 9,113 students attending high schools in Iceland. Structural equation modeling showed that, while controlling for family structure and parental education, being exposed to strain in the form of sexual abuse was positively related to both depressed mood and anger. The effects of sexual abuse on suicidal behavior of both boys and girls were twice as strong through depressed mood as through anger. The effects of sexual abuse on outwardly-directed forms of delinquency for both genders were stronger through anger than through depressed mood. These findings highlight the complex nature of the effects of strain on adolescents’ emotions and behavior. Moreover, they show that depression—in contrast to outwardly-directed delinquency, where feelings of anger are predominantly influential—is more relevant than anger to suicidal behavior.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlandsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.metapress.com/content/3u2653k15151x52pen
dc.subject.meshChild Abuse, Sexualen
dc.subject.meshSuicideen
dc.subject.meshJuvenile Delinquencyen
dc.subject.meshIcelanden
dc.subject.meshDepressive Disorderen
dc.titleA model of sexual abuse's effects on suicidal behavior and delinquency: The role of emotions as mediating factorsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1573-6601-
dc.contributor.department5Landspitali-University Hospital Division of Psychiatry Reykjavik Icelanden
dc.identifier.journalJournal of youth and adolescenceen
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