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Associations of religiosity, attitudes towards suicide and religious coping with suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in 11 muslim countries

Eskin, Mehmet and Baydar, Nazli and El-Nayal, Mayssah and Asad, Nargis and Noor, Isa Multazam and Rezaeian, Mohsen and Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed M. and Al Buhairan, Fadia and Harlak, Hacer and Hamdan, Motasem and Mechri, Anwar and Isayeva, Ulker and Khader, Yousef and Khan, Aqeel and Al Sayyari, Alaa and Khader, Albaraa and Behzadi, Bahareh and Ozturk, Cennet Safak and Agha, Hazem and Hendarmin, Laifa Annisa and Khan, Murad Moosa (2020) Associations of religiosity, attitudes towards suicide and religious coping with suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in 11 muslim countries. Social Science & Medicine, 265 (NA). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0277-9536

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113390


Objective: The study investigated the associations of religiosity, religious coping and suicide acceptance to suicide ideation and attempts in 7427 young adults affiliating with Islam from 11 Muslim countries. Method: A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data. We used F and χ2 tests and correlation analyses to report descriptive statistics. Multi-group path models with (i) a zero-inflated Poisson distribution and, (ii) a Binomial distribution were used to model the number of occurrences of suicidal ideation, and occurrence of a suicide attempt, respectively. Results : Religiosity was negatively associated with acceptability of suicide, but it was positively related to punishment after death across the 11 countries. Religiosity was negatively associated with ever experiencing suicidal ideation, both directly and indirectly through its association with attitudes towards suicide, especially the belief in acceptability of suicide. Neither positive nor negative religious coping were related to suicidal ideation. However, religiosity was negatively related to suicide attempts among those who experienced suicidal ideation at least once. This association was mediated through the belief in acceptability of suicide and religious coping. Negative religious coping was positively associated with suicide attempts probably because it weakened the protective effects of religiosity. Conclusions: Findings from this study suggest that the effects of religiosity in the suicidal process operate through attitudes towards suicide. We therefore conclude that clinical assessment as well as research in suicidology may benefit from paying due attention to attitudes towards suicide.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:muslim religiosity, suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior, suicidal attitudes, religious coping, religious prohibition
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions:Islamic Studies
ID Code:96966
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:06 Sep 2022 15:18
Last Modified:06 Sep 2022 15:18

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