Perceived stress, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation in undergraduate women with varying levels of mindfulness
Archives of Women's Mental Health
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 129 - 138
Source ID: shanti-sources-108026
Collection: Mindfulness Studies and Undergraduates
Abstract: Research has demonstrated that perceived stress and depression are risk factors for suicidal ideation in young adults, particularly women attending college. Female undergraduate students (N = 928) were administered measures assessing their levels of stress, depressive symptoms, suicidal thoughts, and mindfulness. A moderated-mediation analysis was conducted to examine the complex associations among these variables. Results indicated that mindfulness moderated the mediated effect of depressive symptoms on perceived stress and suicidal ideation. Specifically, the indirect effect was stronger in college women with lower levels of mindfulness as compared to those students who reported higher mindfulness. Thus, teaching mindfulness techniques on college campuses may be an important strategy for preventing suicide, especially among young adult women experiencing stress and depressive symptoms.