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Prevalence of suicide ideation among adolescents and young adults in Bangladesh
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Center for Injury Prevention and Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Center for Injury Prevention and Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5221-9504
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2017 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health, ISSN 0020-7411, E-ISSN 1557-9328, Vol. 46, no 3, 177-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Suicide is a leading cause of death world-wide. However, adolescent suicidal behavior is a neglected public health issue, especially in low-income countries such as Bangladesh. The study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of suicidal ideation among adolescents in a rural community and to examine factors associated with suicidal ideation. A cross-sectional survey was carried out in 2013 among 2,476 adolescents aged 14–19 years, selected randomly from a rural community of Bangladesh. An adapted version of the WHO/SUPRE-MISS questionnaire was used to collect data in the Raiganj sub-district. A two stage screening was performed to identify the suicidal ideation cases. It was found that the life-time prevalence for suicidal ideation was 5 percent among adolescents. The majority of the adolescents with suicidal ideation were females 66 (52.8%), unmarried 103 (82.4%), and students 92 (73%). Suicidal ideation was statistically significantly associated with age, education, occupation, living with parents or others, and house ownership. Respondents who were aged 18–19 years, had secondary school certificate (SSC) and secondary school certificate (HSC) or higher education, were day laborers, had own house, and do not lived with parents had odds ratios of 2.31 (CI 1.46–3.65), 2.38 (CI 1.51–3.77), 4.15 (CI 2.41–7.14), 0.28 (CI 0.13–0.60), 0.14(CI 0.05–0.35), and 1.80 (CI 1.07–3.03), respectively. Among adolescents, the prevalence of life-time suicidal ideation was moderately high. Age, education, occupation, house ownership, and living with parents were statistically significantly associated with suicidal ideation. It is important to design and implement effective community based suicide prevention programs for adolescents in Bangladesh.

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2017. Vol. 46, no 3, 177-187 p.
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Adolescents, rural, suicidal ideation
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30597DOI: 10.1080/00207411.2017.1304074Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85017473895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30597DiVA: diva2:1088734
Available from: 2017-04-14 Created: 2017-04-14 Last updated: 2017-06-21Bibliographically approved

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