Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 261–267 | Cite as

Problem-Solving Skills and Suicidal Ideation Among Malaysian College Students: the Mediating Role of Hopelessness

  • Abbas Abdollahi
  • Mansor Abu Talib
  • Siti Nor Yaacob
  • Zanariah Ismail
Empirical Report



Recent evidence suggests that suicidal ideation has increased among Malaysian college students over the past two decades; therefore, it is essential to increase our knowledge concerning the etiology of suicidal ideation among Malaysian college students. This study was conducted to examine the relationships between problem-solving skills, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation among Malaysian college students.


The participants included 500 undergraduate students from two Malaysian public universities who completed the self-report questionnaires.


Structural equation modeling estimated that college students with poor problem-solving confidence, external personal control of emotion, and avoiding style were more likely to report suicidal ideation. Hopelessness partially mediated the relationship between problem-solving skills and suicidal ideation.


These findings reinforce the importance of poor problem-solving skills and hopelessness as risk factors for suicidal ideation among college students.


Problem-solving skills Hopelessness Suicidal ideation Psychological tests 



The authors have no conflicts to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abbas Abdollahi
    • 1
  • Mansor Abu Talib
    • 1
  • Siti Nor Yaacob
    • 1
  • Zanariah Ismail
    • 1
  1. 1.Universiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia

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