Relationship between trait neuroticism and suicidal ideation among postpartum women in China: Testing a mediation model

Zhizhou Duan, Yuanyuan Wang, Ye Tao, Joanne L Bower, Renjie Yu, Shuilan Wang, Zhengyan Wu, Yongliang Lv, Xiaonan Yang, Xiaohong Li, Liming Huang, Ling Ma, Qin Dong, Jue Sun, Shun Li, Yong Yang, Yuan Yang, Ke Peng, Runsen Chen

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Suicidal ideation is a common phenomenon among postpartum women around the world. However, evidence of the relationship between neuroticism and suicidal ideation among postpartum women is still lacking.

METHODS: From March 2017 to December 2018, a total of 1027 postpartum women (assessed no later than one month post-birth) were recruited to complete questionnaires assessing neuroticism, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.

RESULTS: Anxiety and depression fully mediated the association between neuroticism and suicidal ideation (Total indirect effects = 0.11, 95%CI: 0.07, 0.15). The indirect effect of the pathway of EPQ (Neuroticism)-Anxiety-Suicidal ideation was more significant than other pathways (Indirect effects=0.04, 95%CI: 0.02, 0.07).

CONCLUSION: Interventions for suicidal ideation in postpartum women need to target neuroticism and further research is necessary understand the mechanisms by which neuroticism affects suicidal ideation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-535
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume256
Early online date29 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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