PEARL Multidisciplinary Journal

Factors Affecting Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents in the Context of Perceived Stress and Peer Pressure




Suicide is a major concern for all age groups nowadays. It is a serious problem that can cause a lot of distress in one’s life. It has been an adverse cause of death worldwide, so to see the aetiology of suicide among adolescents; a survey was conducted on 150 school students, age group of 10-19 years, consisting of both males and females. This study was done in order to understand the underlying factors of suicidal ideation in them. The factors taken into consideration were peer pressure and perceived stress. The scales used for the survey are Perceived Stress Scale, Peer Pressure Inventory and Suicidal Ideation Scale. The set hypothesis states that there is a correlation among perceived stress, peer pressure and suicidal ideation. The findings demonstrated that perceived stress has a correlation with suicidal ideation and that an increase in perceived stress causes vulnerability to suicidal ideation. The finding also stated that there is a significant correlation between suicidal ideation and misconduct, which is the domain of peer pressure. Thus, it proves that school students get vulnerable with increase in peer pressure and perceived stress which causes a vulnerability to suicidal ideation.



Suicidal Ideation, Perceived Stress, Peer Pressure, Misconduct, School Students

Author Affiliations

Sayoni Ghosh1*, Nikita Chettri2

1 Psychologist, Siliguri, District: Darjeeling, West Bengal

2 Department of Psychology, Salesian College, Siliguri


15 February 2023