“The Intersection of Fatalismo and Pessimism on Depressive Symptoms and Suicidality of Mexican Descent Adolescents: An Attribution Perspective”
Brandy Piña-Watson – Texas Tech University
Ana F. Abraído-Lanza – Colombia University
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
2017, Vol 23, No. 1, 91-101
The experimenters had multiple intentions of their study. First of all, the experimenters seek to provide validation of a modified version of Shen and colleagues’ health related fatalismo measure. Fatalismo is a general belief, held by many in the Caribbean, that “life is a result of fate and that what occurs in one’s life is beyond one’s control” (Piña-Watson & Abraído-Lanza, 2017). The modification to the Shen and colleagues’ measure was simplified language, as to be easily understandable by adolescents (Piña-Watson & Abraído-Lanza, 2017).
Secondly, the experimenters seek to “examine the main effects and moderating effects of…show more content… Consent forms were given to all participants, and only those students who returned with signed consent forms were allowed to participate in the study (Piña-Watson & Abraído-Lanza, 2017). The participants were given four different questionnaires that studied varying characteristics of the study. The experimenters utilized the 20-item modified Fatalism Scale, originally developed by Shen and colleagues, in order to measure Fatalismo beliefs. Furthermore, the experimenters utilized the 17-item Hopelessness Scale for Children, developed by Kazdin, Rodgers, and Colbus, in order to measure children’s level of hopelessness about their outlook on life and life events. The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale was used to measure depressive symptoms, and the CDC was used in order to measure suicidality (Piña-Watson & Abraído-Lanza,