The effects of gratitude on suicidal ideation among late adolescence: A mediational chain

  • Chih-Che LinEmail author


This study examined both the mediation effects of basic psychological needs and depression on the relationship between gratitude and suicidal ideation in late adolescence. Two hundred and eighty-seven Taiwanese university students completed measures of gratitude, basic psychological needs, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation. A cross-sectional design was conducted in the present study. Path analyses indicated that basic psychological needs and depression acted as full mediators of the association between gratitude and suicidal ideation. The identified model revealed a significant and sequential mediational path from gratitude through basic psychological needs, depression, and suicidal ideation. The current work is an incremental advancement in understanding the complex relationship between selected resiliency and risk factors of suicidal thinking.


Gratitude Depression Basic psychological needs Suicidal ideation 



This study was funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China in Taiwan (Contract MOST 103-2410-H-130-031 and MOST 105-2410-H-027-010).

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Teacher Education CenterNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China

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