Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Laura Martin is an Associate Professor of Counseling and core faculty member at Liberty University and has been teaching and counseling college students for over ten years. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), an approved clinical supervisor and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, an M.Ed in School Counseling from Millersville University and a B.S. in Biology from Millersville University. Previous professional positions include tenured faculty counselor, adjunct faculty and therapeutic support for adolescents and families.


The authors investigated the complex relationships of coping associated with suicide risk among community college students. Survey responses were obtained from 733 participants. A multiple linear regression demonstrated that maladaptive coping such as self-distraction, substance use, and denial were predictive factors of suicide among students in the 18–29 age group. Self-distraction and denial were significant coping protective factors of suicide risk for students aged 29–67. Implications for increasing suicide awareness and prevention in education are discussed.

Keywords: suicide, coping, community college, mental health


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