Year : 2015 | Volume
: 24 | Issue : 2 | Page : 140--143
Prevalence and predictors of suicidal ideations among school going adolescents in a hilly state of India
Durgesh Thakur1, Anmol Gupta1, Anita Thakur1, Salig Ram Mazta1, Deepak Sharma2
1 Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
Background: Adolescent suicide is an important public health issue. Suicidal ideations are often the precursor of suicide and can be targeted by appropriate and timely interventions.
Aims and Objectives: To determine the prevalence of suicide ideation and to study its predictive factors among school going adolescents. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out in selected senior secondary schools in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, India. A pre-validated, self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were applied using Epi info software for windows (CDC Atlanta) software for windows. Results: A total of 218 study subjects (30.9%; confidence interval = 27.6–34.5%) had suicide ideation. Discussing problems with parents (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] =0.5), having good relations with school teachers (AOR = 0.6) and helpful classmates (AOR = 0.6) lowered the odds of having suicidal ideations. On the contrary, adolescents having worrying issues in family (AOR = 2.5), verbally or physically abused (AOR = 2.8) and body image conscious (AOR = 1.8) had increased odds of suicidal ideations. Conclusions: Suicidal ideation is a common experience among adolescents residing in Shimla district of North India. The supportive environment at home and in school decrease its vulnerability.
Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla
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Thakur D, Gupta A, Thakur A, Mazta SR, Sharma D. Prevalence and predictors of suicidal ideations among school going adolescents in a hilly state of India.Ind Psychiatry J 2015;24:140-143
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Thakur D, Gupta A, Thakur A, Mazta SR, Sharma D. Prevalence and predictors of suicidal ideations among school going adolescents in a hilly state of India. Ind Psychiatry J [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];24:140-143
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