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Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2008 Sep;39(3):221-35. Epub 2007 Oct 20.

Risk factors for suicide attempts among Korean adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, 388-1 Pungnap-2 Dong, Songpa-Ku, Seoul, 138-736, Korea. hskim@www.amc.seoul.kr

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  • Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2008 Dec;39(4):529.


This study examined the rate of suicide attempts and relevant variables and identified risk factors for suicide attempts among Korean adolescents. A cross-sectional study was performed using an anonymous, self-report questionnaire. A total of 2,100 Korean adolescents, including 1,321 student adolescents and 779 delinquent adolescents, were selected using a proportional stratified random sampling method for this study. The results showed the rate of suicide attempts to be 11.6%, with delinquent adolescents reporting a higher rate of suicide attempts than student adolescents. Adolescent suicide attempts indicated higher levels of dysfunctional family dynamics and maladaptive personalities. In addition, adolescents who attempted suicide expressed a significantly lower level of life satisfaction and less effective coping strategies compared with those adolescents who had not attempted suicide. Logistic regression analysis revealed that five predictive risk factors appeared to be statistically significant: coping strategy, parental child-rearing pattern, depression, parent-child relationship, and psychosomatic symptoms, in this order at p < 0.05.

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