ERIC Number: EJ785896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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The Epidemiology of Suicide-Related Outcomes in Mexico
Borges, Guilherme; Nock, Matthew K.; Medina-Mora, Maria Elena; Benjet, Corina; Lara, Carmen; Chiu, Wai Tat; Kessler, Ronald C.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n6 p627-640 Dec 2007
Nationally representative data from the Mexican National Comorbidity Survey are presented on the lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset (AOO) distributions of suicide ideation, plan and attempt and on temporally prior demographic and "DSM-IV" psychiatric risk factors. Lifetime ideation was reported by 8.1% of respondents, while 3.2% reported a lifetime plan and 2.7% a lifetime suicide attempt. Onset of all outcomes was highest in adolescence and early adulthood. The risk of transition from suicide ideation to plan and attempt was highest within the first year of onset of ideation. The presence of one or more temporally prior "DSM-IV"/CIDI (Composite International Diagnostic Instrument) disorder was strongly related to each suicide-related outcome. Suicidal outcomes are prevalent, have an early AOO, and are strongly related to temporally prior mental disorders in Mexico. Given the early AOO, intervention efforts need to focus more than currently on children and adolescents with mental disorders to be effective in prevention.
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Suicide, At Risk Persons, Epidemiology, Foreign Countries, Incidence, Age Differences, Psychological Patterns, Demography, Correlation, Prevention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico