Suicidality, depression, major and minor negative life events: a mediator model

Jochen Hardt & Jeffrey G. Johnson
Background: Major negative life events are associated with higher suicidality. In this association, two mediating paths were hypothesized: (a) via minor negative life events and (b) via depression. Methods: Ninety-six adolescent primary care patients were recruited in clinics, a physician’s office, and school nurses’ offices. Results: (1) Minor negative life events were associated with depressive symptoms and suicidality. (2) Depressive symptoms were associated with suicidality. (3) Depressive symptoms mediated the association of minor negative life...