Risk factors related to suicidal behavior among male and female adolescents
Journal/Book: J Youth Adolescence. 1996; 25: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013. Plenum Publ Corp. 149-160.
Abstract: This study examined gender differences in self-reported suicidal behavior in relation to the risk factors of tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, school misconduct, academic difficulties, home environment sexual activity, and violence among seventh- through twelfth grade students (N = 3461) in a northern Mid-west school district Data were gathered from the Survey Instrument of Attitude/Behavior administered in the school district during the spring of 1993. The dependent variables were suicidal activity and suicidal tendency. Stepwise forward regression ordered the independent factors in predicting suicidal activity and suicidal tendency for the male and female samples. The comparison of regression results revealed the following: (I) the independent factors accounted for more variance in male suicidal activity and tendency than in female suicidal activity and tendency; (2) as the level of suicidality increased, so did the frequency of violent behaviors among both genders; (3) leading predictors for suicidal activity were similar between gender; and (4) gender differences were displayed in predictors of suicidal tendency.
Note: Article RA Vannatta, Fine Fdn, Des Moines, IA 50319 USA