Luncheon, Cecily; Sejong Bae; Sue Lurie; Singh, Karan P.
September 2008
American Journal of Health Studies;2008, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p108
Academic Journal
The association between Hispanic adolescents who are at risk for suicide and use illicit drugs and other racial groups using data from the 2005 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey Surveillance (YRBS) System were explored. Variables for suicidal thought, illicit drugs and co-variables were chosen from the YRBS to explore the associations. Chi-square and multivariate logistic regressions were utilized to study the association. Hispanics had the highest drug use prevalence. Serious consideration of attempting suicide was associated with Hispanic ethnicity. Greater public health educational efforts may be necessary to raise awareness about the physical and mental health status of Hispanic adolescents.


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