The sense of Mattering towards the University: The Role of Universities in Protecting Students against Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

ShengYee Wan, Kususanto Ditto Prihadi, Prakrisno Satrio


Suicide ideation or suicidal thought has been reported to be one of the major mental wellbeing issues among university students following the increase of the depressive symptoms. The implication of social distancing in the form of lockdown, did not help to reduce the aforementioned cases. While we know that reducing depressive symptoms among university students might be almost impossible to be done without any drastic change to the educational system, we would like to investigate whether the sense of mattering to the university might moderate the development of suicide ideation when the students have developed depressive symptoms. We recruited 435 university students and had them voluntarily responded to the Beck’s Depression Inventory, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Societal Mattering Scale, and the Suicidal Ideation Attributes Scale. The data was analyzed by bias-free bootstrap analysis with 5000 samplings and 95% confidence interval in PROCESS Macro model 59 and model 1, and the results reported that high university mattering levels might moderate the link between depression symptoms and suicide ideation through life satisfaction. Implications and suggestions are discussed.


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