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ERIC Number: EJ848257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Risk Factors for Suicidality among a Nationally Representative Sample of High School Students
Epstein, Jennifer A.; Spirito, Anthony
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n3 p241-251 Jun 2009
Using the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance data (n = 13,917) of high school students, we examined the association between four domains of risk factors (alcohol/drug use, aggression, HIV risk-related behaviors, and health problems) and indicators of suicidality (considering a suicide attempt, making a plan to attempt suicide, and actually attempting suicide). Logistic regressions showed that drug use (e.g., recent smoking, drinking before 13), victimization (e.g., threatened at school, hit by girl/boyfriend), risky sexual behavior (e.g., forced to have sex, used a condom) and two health problems (health as fair/poor, has disability/health problem) were associated with all three indicators of suicidality. These findings suggest that programs to prevent alcohol/drug use, address aggression, promote safety, and prevent unsafe sexual practices may also prevent suicidality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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