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Single and Multiple Suicide Attempts and Associated Health Risk Factors in New Hampshire Adolescents

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  • Harriet J. Rosenberg MA,

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    1. Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
      Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756; E-mail: Harriet.Rosenberg@Dartmouth.edu
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  • Mary K. Jankowski PhD,

    1. Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
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  • Anjana Sengupta PhD,

    1. Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
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  • Rosemarie S. Wolfe MS,

    1. Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
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  • George L. Wolford II PhD,

    1. Dartmouth College, Department of Psychology in Hanover, New Hampshire and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
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  • Stanley D. Rosenberg PhD

    1. Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire
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  • This research was partially funded by a 1998 3-year SAMSHA, CSAP Community Prevention Initiatives, State Incentive Program (ATOD) grant to the State of New Hampshire. The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the participation of Virginia St. Martin, MAT, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Education and Robin A. Boynton, Research Assistant, NH-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, in conducting the research and contributing to the analysis.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756; E-mail: Harriet.Rosenberg@Dartmouth.edu

Abstract

In this study we examined self-reported suicide attempts and their relationship to other health risk factors in a community sample of 16,644 adolescents. Fifteen percent endorsed suicide attempts (10% single; 5% multiple attempts). We hypothesized that multiple attempters would show higher prevalence of comorbid health risks than single or non-attempters. The three groups showed significant differences in ten health risk domains, on factors such as depressed mood, sexual assault, weight problems, and drug and alcohol use (ORs: 3.26–13.57). Repeated suicide attempts appear to be related to increased vulnerability and likelihood of harm in multiple domains of health risk.

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