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Understanding suicidality and correlates among Chinese secondary school students in Hong Kong.
Health Promot Int. 2009 Jun; 24(2):156-65.HP

Abstract

Suicide has become a leading cause of mortality and morbidity for adolescents in Hong Kong. This study investigated the factors associated with suicidal ideation and attempt among the secondary school students in Hong Kong by studying a representative sample of 3383 students with a self-administered questionnaire and analysed by multiple logistic regressions analysis. Youth risk behaviours, such as heavy smoking, episodic heavy alcohol drinking, early sexual experience, and feeling hopeless, were found to be associated with both suicidal thoughts and attempts, with 'misuse of drugs' as discriminating factor that solely related to attempt and 'involvement in physical fight' solely related to suicidal thoughts. Addition of suicidal ideation is a significant explanatory variable of suicidal attempt over and above health risk behaviours. Stratified analysis of upper and lower secondary students would give better understanding of significance of various risk factor for different age groups. The disturbing prevalence of suicidal behaviour and its coexistence with other high-risk behaviour in secondary school students have implications for teachers, youth workers and public health practitioners to develop and evaluate programmes for suicide prevention.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong. alee@cuhk.edu.hkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19304991

Citation

Lee, A, et al. "Understanding Suicidality and Correlates Among Chinese Secondary School Students in Hong Kong." Health Promotion International, vol. 24, no. 2, 2009, pp. 156-65.
Lee A, Wong SY, Tsang KK, et al. Understanding suicidality and correlates among Chinese secondary school students in Hong Kong. Health Promot Int. 2009;24(2):156-65.
Lee, A., Wong, S. Y., Tsang, K. K., Ho, G. S., Wong, C. W., & Cheng, F. (2009). Understanding suicidality and correlates among Chinese secondary school students in Hong Kong. Health Promotion International, 24(2), 156-65. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dap011
Lee A, et al. Understanding Suicidality and Correlates Among Chinese Secondary School Students in Hong Kong. Health Promot Int. 2009;24(2):156-65. PubMed PMID: 19304991.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Understanding suicidality and correlates among Chinese secondary school students in Hong Kong. AU - Lee,A, AU - Wong,S Y S, AU - Tsang,K K, AU - Ho,G S M, AU - Wong,C W, AU - Cheng,F, Y1 - 2009/03/21/ PY - 2009/3/24/entrez PY - 2009/3/24/pubmed PY - 2009/7/23/medline SP - 156 EP - 65 JF - Health promotion international JO - Health Promot Int VL - 24 IS - 2 N2 - Suicide has become a leading cause of mortality and morbidity for adolescents in Hong Kong. This study investigated the factors associated with suicidal ideation and attempt among the secondary school students in Hong Kong by studying a representative sample of 3383 students with a self-administered questionnaire and analysed by multiple logistic regressions analysis. Youth risk behaviours, such as heavy smoking, episodic heavy alcohol drinking, early sexual experience, and feeling hopeless, were found to be associated with both suicidal thoughts and attempts, with 'misuse of drugs' as discriminating factor that solely related to attempt and 'involvement in physical fight' solely related to suicidal thoughts. Addition of suicidal ideation is a significant explanatory variable of suicidal attempt over and above health risk behaviours. Stratified analysis of upper and lower secondary students would give better understanding of significance of various risk factor for different age groups. The disturbing prevalence of suicidal behaviour and its coexistence with other high-risk behaviour in secondary school students have implications for teachers, youth workers and public health practitioners to develop and evaluate programmes for suicide prevention. SN - 1460-2245 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19304991/Understanding_suicidality_and_correlates_among_Chinese_secondary_school_students_in_Hong_Kong_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/heapro/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/heapro/dap011 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -