The Effect of Sleep Problems on Suicidal Risk among Young Adults in the Presence of Depressive Symptoms and Cognitive Processes

Dafna Weis, Lee Rothenberg, Lital Moshe, David A. Brent, Sami Hamdan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Scopus citations

Abstract

We aimed to investigate the effect of sleep problems, depression, and cognitive processes on suicidal risk among 460 young adults. They completed self-report questionnaires assessing suicidal behavior, sleep quality, depressive symptoms, emotion regulation, rumination, and impulsivity. Suicidal participants exhibited higher rates of depressive symptoms, sleep problems, expressive suppression, rumination, and impulsivity. A confirmatory factor analysis model revealed pathways to suicidal risk that showed no direct pathways between sleep problems and suicidal risk. Instead, sleep was related to suicidal risk via depression and rumination, which in turn increased suicidal risk. These results suggest that addressing sleep problems will be useful in either the treatment or prevention of depressive and rumination symptoms and reduction in suicidal risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-334
Number of pages14
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 International Academy for Suicide Research.

Keywords

  • depression
  • rumination
  • sleep problems
  • suicidal risk

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The Effect of Sleep Problems on Suicidal Risk among Young Adults in the Presence of Depressive Symptoms and Cognitive Processes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this