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Relationship between subjective well-being and attitude towards
suicide in western rural residents of Shandong Province

JIA Cun-xian1, ZHUANG Mao-qiang1, WANG Jian2   

  1. 1. Institute of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health;
    2. Center for Health Management and Policy, Shandong University, Jinan 250012, China
  • Received:2012-01-21 Online:2012-08-10 Published:2012-08-10


Objective   o investigate the relationship between subjective well-being and attitude towards suicide in western rural residents of Shandong Province. Methods   341 families were selected from two western rural counties in Shandong Province by stratified random sampling method, and 1-2 persons between 20 to 75 years old of each family were surveyed. Subjective well-being was measured by day reconstruction method (DRM) while attitude towards suicide was measured by Suicide Attitude Questionnaire (QSA). Analytical methods included rank sum tests, correlation analysis and multiple regression analysis. Results   Subjective well-being scores of the rural residents were from -24.20 to 36.20, whose median was 20.00. There was significant difference on subjective well-being scores in a day (χ2=66.75, df=2, P<0.001). Most of the rural population had common or paradoxical attitude towards suicide. Multivariate linear regression model showed that overweight or obesity, depression score, and anxiety score were related to subjective well-being score while depression score was related to attitude towards suicide. There was no association between subjective well-being and attitude towards suicide. Conclusion   The current study doesn′t support that subjective well-being is related to attitude towards suicide in rural population. Improving psychological status should improve subjective-well being and affect the attitudes towards suicide in this population.

Key words: Subjective well-being; Rural residents; Day Reconstruction Method; Attitude towards suicide; Influence factor; Shandong

CLC Number: 

  • R749.7
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