TO UNRAVELLING THE LINKS: A CORRELATIONAL STUDY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS, COPYING STRATEGIES AND SUICIDAL IDEATION IN EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT OF PAKISTAN

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Dr. Bushra Sajid
Dr. Syeda Nadia shah
Dr. Syed Zuhaib Aziz
Dr Muhammad Saifullah Qureshi
Abdul Majid

Keywords

Psychological Distress (Depression, anxiety and stress), coping strategies and suicidal ideation.

Abstract

The purpose of the current study is to look at the relationship between university students' suicide thoughts and psychological discomfort (depression, anxiety, and stress). The sample size was two hundred (N=200), of whom 95 were male (n=95) and 105 were female (n=105). Data is obtained from several universities via online surveys as well as data acquired physically. Psychological distress, coping methods, and suicidal ideation were evaluated using the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21) (Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995), the Coping Scale (Hamby, Grych, & Banyard, 2013), and the Suicide Ideation Scale (Beck, Kovacs & Weissman). Results clearly indicated that there is strong positive relationship between psychological distress, suicide ideation (.329**) and that of psychological distress (that is depression, anxiety and stress). Hence it was found to be the predicators of suicide ideation. Furthermore, a negative correlation among psychological distress and that of coping strategies was obtained (-.218**). Similarly, negative correlation between coping strategies and suicide ideation was also found (-.042). In light of the study's findings, it is concluded that psychological distress is a predictor of both suicidal ideation and coping mechanisms. Likewise a negatively correlated was obtained between psychological distress and suicide ideation.

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