Date of Award
Master of Arts
Martin L. Levin
Anna S. Mueller
The objectives of this study are to determine the effects of weight, weight perception, and physical attractiveness on suicide ideation among adolescents and adults. Further, this research aims to determine whether this effect differs by gender and race.This study employs the public-use version of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Waves I through IV (N=6,504). Odds ratios are estimated to determine whether actual or perceived weight is a better predictor of suicide ideation, and whether measures of interviewer-rated attractiveness or self-rated attractiveness predict suicide ideation. Analyses reveal that perception of self is the most important predictor of suicide ideation. Among white and black adolescents, suicide ideation is more likely to occur among those who perceive that they are of a non-normal weight. Among white and black adults, suicide ideation is more likely to occur among those who perceive that they are “very unattractive” or “unattractive.”
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Stockton, Cynthia Anne, "Appearance-Based Predictors of Suicidal Behavior" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 802.