Mental Health, Stress Reaction and Suicidal Ideation Among Adolescent Off-Spring of Alcoholic Fathers
This study attempted to study the mental health, stress reaction, and suicidal ideation among adolescent offspring of alcoholic fathers and a sample of 200 adolescents participated in this study (100 males and 100 female). Data collection was carried out by using the Urdu version of the Mental Health Inventory (MHI), Stanford Acute Stress Reaction Questionnaire (SASRQ), and Beck suicide ideation scale (BSI). SPSS was used to analyze data statistically by computing reliability coefficients, correlation coefficients regression analysis, Moderation analysis, ANOVA, and t-tests The study results identified that offspring of alcoholic fathers face certain mental health conditions which result in poor stress coping and the development of suicidal tendencies. Mental health act as a moderator between stress reactions and suicidal ideation. There is a positive relationship between a stress reaction and suicidal ideation among adolescent offspring of alcoholics. Results also indicate that mental health is negatively correlated with stress reactions and suicidal ideation. Furthermore, female adolescents have more suicidal tendencies and stress reactions than male adolescent offspring of alcoholics. The results of the current research can be useful to develop more understanding of the mental health conditions, suicidal ideation, and stress reactions among offspring of alcoholic fathers and to regulate intervention and rehabilitation programs in educational and community settings.
Keywords: Mental health, Suicidal ideation, Stress reaction, Offspring of alcoholic fathers.