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Suicidal Ideation and Associated Factors among School-Going Adolescents in Thailand
HIV/AIDS/STI and TB (HAST), Human Sciences Research Council, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Department of Psychology, University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, South Africa
Department of Health System Management and Policy, University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, P.O. Box 197, Medunsa 0204, South Africa
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Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 11 January 2012 / Accepted: 21 January 2012 / Published: 31 January 2012
Abstract: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and identify associations between suicidal ideation and indicators of psychosocial distress and social-environmental factors in Thai adolescents. Using data from the Thailand Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS) 2008, we assessed the prevalence of suicidal ideation and its associated factors among adolescents (N = 2,758). Overall the prevalence of suicidal ideation in the past 12 months was 8.8% (9.9% males and 7.7% females). Variables influenced the suicidal ideation in multivariable analysis were sadness (Odds Ratio = OR: 6.03; 95% Confidence Interval = CI (3.00–12.14), lack of parental attachment (OR = 2.26, CI = 1.09–4.67), current alcohol use (OR = 2.32, 1.21–4.44), and ever having had sexual intercourse (OR = 4.16, CI = 3.40–7.68). Psychosocial, health-risk behaviours and lack of protective factors appear to effect suicidal ideation in this youth population.
Keywords: suicidal ideation; psychosocial distress; social-environmental factors; substance use; adolescent health; Thailand
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Peltzer, K.; Pengpid, S. Suicidal Ideation and Associated Factors among School-Going Adolescents in Thailand. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 462-473.
Peltzer K, Pengpid S. Suicidal Ideation and Associated Factors among School-Going Adolescents in Thailand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012; 9(2):462-473.
Peltzer, Karl; Pengpid, Supa. 2012. "Suicidal Ideation and Associated Factors among School-Going Adolescents in Thailand." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 9, no. 2: 462-473.