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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 450943, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/450943
Research Article

Suicidal Ideation and Associated Factors among Adolescents in Northeastern Brazil

1Postgraduate Program in Physical Education, Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Sergipe, Avenue Marechal Rondon S/N, Jardim Rosa Elze, 49000-000 São Cristóvão, SE, Brazil
2Center for Studies and Research, UFS em Movimento, São Cristóvão, SE, Brazil
3Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of Sergipe, Avenue Marechal Rondon S/N, Jardim Rosa Elze, 49000-000 São Cristóvão, SE, Brazil

Received 23 July 2014; Accepted 4 November 2014; Published 24 November 2014

Academic Editor: Anat Biegon

Copyright © 2014 Roberto Jerônimo dos Santos Silva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study aimed to identify the prevalence and factors associated with suicidal ideation among Brazilian adolescents. The instrument designed for the research was used considering three models with outcomes that identified the following: (a) adolescent had considered suicide, (b) adolescents have planned suicide, and (c) adolescents have attempted suicide. Logistic Regression was used in all models with significance level of 5%. An association between being female and suicidal ideation , CI 95% 1.60 to 2.97), suicide planning , CI 95% = 1.26–2.56), and suicide attempt , CI 95% 1.79 to 4.75) was found. Violent behavior/involvement in fights was associated with thinking about suicide , CI 95% = 1.43 to 2.81), suicide planning , CI 95% = 1.10–2.46), and suicide attempt , CI 95% = 1.49 to 3.70). For cigarette consumption, association was found with suicide ideation , CI 95% 1.03 to 2.55), planning , CI 95% = 1.15 to 3.08), and attempt , CI 95% 1.37 to 4.03). For alcohol consumption, association was found with suicide ideation , CI 95% 1.47 to 2.54), planning , CI 95% 1.61 to 3.08), and attempt , CI 95% 1.15 to 2.59). It was concluded that suicidal ideation was associated with female sex, involvement in fights, and illicit drug use.