Psychopathology associated with suicide attempts among rural adolescents of China

Xianchen Liu, Jenn-Yun Tein, Irwin Sandler, Zhongtang Zhao

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This case control study examined the relationship between psychopathological profiles and self-reported suicide attempts among rural adolescents of China. Cases consisted of 142 adolescents who reported a suicide attempt in the past 6 months in a questionnaire survey (n = 1,365). An equal number of adolescents without reporting a suicide attempt, matched on age, gender, and school class, were selected from the same survey sample as controls. The Youth Self Report (YSR) was used to assess psychopathological profiles for suicide attempters and matched controls. Results indicated that 73% of suicide attempters had at least one behavioral/emotional syndrome, significantly higher than in controls (30%). Logistic regression analyses showed that anxiety/depression (OR = 3.68) and aggression (OR = 5.02) were each significantly associated with increased risk of suicide attempts after controlling for other behavioral problems. These findings demonstrated the independent contribution of anxiety/depression and aggression to suicide attempts in Chinese adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-276
Number of pages12
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

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Psychopathology associated with suicide attempts among rural adolescents of China. / Liu, Xianchen; Tein, Jenn-Yun; Sandler, Irwin; Zhao, Zhongtang.

In: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 35, No. 3, 06.2005, p. 265-276.

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