Bullying Victimization, Future Orientation, and Suicidal Ideation of African American Youth in an Under-Resourced Community: A Moderated-Mediation Approach

Jungtae Choi, Jun Sung Hong, Lisa A. O’Donnell, Dexter R. Voisin

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Abstract

African American youth living in low-resourced communities are at high risk for bullying victimization which is positively associated with suicidal ideation. This study explored whether positive future orientation mediated the relationship between bullying victimization and suicidal ideation. This study engaged 627 African American adolescents and measured bullying victimization, internalizing problems, suicidal ideation, future orientation, and several covariates. Major findings indicated that controlling for gender, socioeconomic status, school motivation, and perceived teacher support, internalizing problems mediated the relationship between bullying victimization and suicidal ideation. Furthermore, both the effect of bullying victimization on suicidal ideation and the mediating effect of internalizing problems were moderated by future orientation. The effects were weakened when the level of future orientation increased. The implications for future research and supporting resiliency are discussed based on these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-76
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • African American adolescents
  • Bullying victimization
  • Future orientation
  • Internalizing problems
  • Suicidal ideation

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