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Volume 5, Pages 674-679
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2005.84
Review Article

A review of Suicide Behavior Among Arab Adolescents

1Clalit Health Services, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
2Division for Community Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
3Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
4National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
5Division for Mental Retardation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel
6Office of the Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel

Received 1 July 2005; Revised 10 August 2005; Accepted 10 August 2005

Copyright © 2005 Mohammed Morad et al.

Abstract

Islam prohibits the taking of one's life, because this way you will interfere with the work of G-d (Allah), which is clear from several places in the Quran. Concerning individual suicide or suicide attempts in various Arab countries the literature is sparse and the incidence low. In this paper we present a review of research from Israel showing that suicide epidemiology among the Arab population of children and adolescents display a low incidence, but an increase has been observed over the past decade, but still much lower than the Jewish population. We believe that there is a need for the development of prevention and intervention strategies in order to keep this incidence low.