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Crisis. 2011;32(6):346-51. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000104.

Perception of health, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt among adults in the community.

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, USA. rdg66@columbia.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is a well-known association between perception of poor physical health and higher rates of physical and psychological morbidity. However, little is known about the possible link between perception of health and suicidality.

AIMS:

The study examines the relationship between perception of poor health and suicidal ideation and suicide attempt among adults in the community.

METHODS:

Data were drawn from the National Comorbidity Survey (n = 5,877), a representative sample of individuals 15-54 years of age in the United States. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to determine the relationship between perception of poor health and the likelihood of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. Sociodemographic characteristics, comorbid mental disorders, and physical illnesses were adjusted for in the final model.

RESULTS:

Perception of poor health was associated with a significantly increased likelihood of suicidal ideation (OR = 2.14 (1.36, 3.35) and suicide attempt (OR = 2.03 (1.06, 3.91)), which persisted after adjusting for differences in sociodemographic characteristics, mental disorders, and self-reported physical illnesses.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings provide initial evidence that perception of poor health is associated with a significantly increased likelihood of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt among adults in the community.

PMID:
21945842
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