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Suicidal Plans and Attempts Among Adolescents in Mongolia: Urban Versus Rural Differences

Sarantsetseg Davaasambuu; Suvd Batbaatar; Susan S. Witte; Phillip Hamid; Maria A. Oquendo; Marjorie Kleinman; Michael Olivares; Madelyn S. Gould

Title:
Suicidal Plans and Attempts Among Adolescents in Mongolia: Urban Versus Rural Differences
Author(s):
Davaasambuu, Sarantsetseg
Batbaatar, Suvd
Witte, Susan S.
Hamid, Phillip
Oquendo, Maria A.
Kleinman, Marjorie
Olivares, Michael
Gould, Madelyn S.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Epidemiology
Psychiatry
Social Work
Volume:
38
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Crisis
Geographic Area:
Mongolia
Abstract:
Background: Although 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, few studies have examined suicidal behaviors among young people in these countries. Aims: This study aimed to examine what individual characteristics were associated with suicidal plans and attempts among Mongolian youth and whether suicidal risks and behaviors varied by urban and rural locations. Method: Logistic regression analyses were utilized to investigate suicidal plans and attempts among 5,393 adolescents using the Global Student Health Survey – 2013. Results: Adolescents who lived in urban areas were at higher risk for suicidal plans and behaviors than those who lived in rural areas; however, the patterns of suicidal risks were similar. Specifically, individual characteristics, such as being female, feeling lonely and worried, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and having fights at school, were associated with suicidal plans and behaviors regardless of the residential places. Limitations: A number of important variables have not been included in the questionnaire such as depression, family and parental support, household income, family constructs etc. Conclusion: Given the comparable patterns of risk between urban and rural adolescents and the relatively high rates of suicidal plans and attempts, similar mental health services and interventions are necessitated for both urban and rural areas.
Subject(s):
Teenagers--Mental health
Teenagers--Suicidal behavior
Psychiatry
Epidemiology
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000447
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Sarantsetseg Davaasambuu, Suvd Batbaatar, Susan S. Witte, Phillip Hamid, Maria A. Oquendo, Marjorie Kleinman, Michael Olivares, Madelyn S. Gould, , Suicidal Plans and Attempts Among Adolescents in Mongolia: Urban Versus Rural Differences, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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