Relationship between Health Problem and Suicide Ideation among Correctional Officers

1Mohd Razali Othman, Suraida Abdullah, Tasnim Mohd Taib*, Nor Mazlina Ghazali and Nur Fatihah Abdullah Bandar

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Abstract:

This study investigated the relationship between health problems and suicidal ideation amongst 157 correctional officers from three institutions of prison in Malaysia. The participants completed an online assessment to identify their problems and rule out suicidal ideation. Existence and severity of health problems were assessed by using Employee Needs Assessment Inventory (ENAI) whilst Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire (INQ) evaluates presence of suicide ideation. Overall, health problems were found to be positively related with suicide ideation (r=.210**, p<0,05). Severity of health problems contributing to the feeling of thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness measure it as a risk factor amongst personal problems addressed in ENAI. This research contributes to the exploration of health issues faced by correctional officers in Malaysia and how it affects their mental thoughts which can guide the development of interventions to help them to better cope and reduce the possible development of suicide ideation.

Keywords:

Health Problems, Suicide Ideation, Correctional Officers, Employee Needs Assessment Inventory (ENAI), Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire (INQ).

Paper Details
Month4
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 5
Pages4839-4845