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NCJ Number: 219692 Find in a Library
Title: Gender, Early Alcohol Use, and Suicide Ideation and Attempts: Findings From the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Health  Volume:41  Issue:2  Dated:August 2007  Pages:175-181
Author(s): Monica H. Swahn Ph.D.; Robert M. Bossarte Ph.D.
Date Published: August 2007
Page Count: 7
Publisher: http://www.elsevier.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the cross-sectional associations between preteen alcohol use and subsequent suicide ideation and suicide attempts for boys and girls in a nationally representative sample of high school students.
Abstract: The study found that alcohol use by adolescents, particularly preteen alcohol use, was a significant risk factor for both suicide ideation and suicide attempts among both boys and girls. Among study participants (n=13,639 high school students in grades 9-12), 25.4 percent reported drinking before they were 13 years old. Preteen alcohol use initiation was statistically significantly associated with suicidal ideation and suicide attempts compared to nondrinkers. Increased efforts to delay and reduce early alcohol use are needed, since they may reduce suicide attempts by adolescents. Analyses were conducted with data from the 2005 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which includes a representative sample (n=13,639) of high school students in grades 9-12 in the United States. Cross-sectional logistic regression analyses were conducted in order to determine the associations between early alcohol use and reports of suicide ideation and suicide attempts for boys and girls, controlling for demographic characteristics, substance use, involvement in physical fights, weapon carrying, physical abuse by a dating partner, sexual assault, and sadness. 3 tables and 39 references
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking Programs
Index Term(s): Gender issues; Juvenile suicide; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Suicide prevention
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