Factors related to suicidal ideation among college students in GUAM

Mao-Sheng Ran, Sheying Chen, Maria I. Salomon, Teofila Cruz, Meagan Bamba-Ada, Liberty De Jesus, Dan Howell, Paula Rodriguez, April Usalla, Kristen Valencia, Jiayan Pan, Cecilia L. W. Chan

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Abstract

The risk and protective factors related to suicidal ideation among college students in Guam remains unknown. The purpose of this study is to identify the rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt, and explore the risk and protective factors of suicidal ideation among college students in Guam. A total of 207 college students at the University of Guam were surveyed in 2009. The rate of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts was 10.2% and 8.2%. respectively. In multivariate logistic regression analyses, previous suicide attempts, shorter period of living in Guam, high scores on cultural difference and negative affect, and low scores on family meaning were identified as independent predictors of suicidal ideation. These risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation among college students, including stress and social support, should be considered in planning campus suicide prevention programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalIllness, Crisis and Loss
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

User-Defined Keywords

  • suicidal ideation
  • suicide attempts
  • college students
  • Guam
  • culture
  • family support

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