Predictors of suicidal ideation among college students: A prospective cohort study

Boyoung Nam, Matthew R. Hilimire, Danielle Jahn, Meshan Lehmann, Jordan E. DeVylder

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This prospective cohort study investigated longitudinal predictors of suicidal ideation among college students. A non-clinical cohort of college students (N = 171) completed baseline and 3-month follow-up surveys. Depressive symptoms, worst-point suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt history significantly predicted follow-up suicidal ideation severity after adjusting covariates. Similarly, depressive symptoms and worst-point suicidal ideation (but not attempt history) were significant predictors of follow-up suicidal ideation intensity in an adjusted model. The results suggest that current depressive symptoms and lifetime worst-point suicidal ideation are independently valuable constructs that may provide relatively short-term predictive information when screening for suicidal ideation among college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-237
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2018


  • depression
  • epidemiology
  • Suicidal ideation
  • suicide
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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