The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence and demographic correlates of suicidal ideation and behaviours among university students in Australia and the utilisation of mental health services by this population.
Suicidal ideation and behaviours and demographic variables were assessed in a population of 1,678 undergraduate students by use of a modified Suicide Ideation Scale (SIS) and questionnaire.
Sixty two percent of students surveyed showed some suicidal ideation and 6.6% reported one or more suicide attempts.
Over half of the group who reported suicide attempts did not use any type of mental health services.
Suicidal ideation was found to be highly correlated with previous use of mental health services.
In examining the relationship between suicidal ideation (SI) and demographic variables, SI was not significantly different for gender or parental marital status but was related to living arrangements, racial groups, religious affiliation and father's education.
The results suggest that a higher proportion of students reported suicidal ideation and behaviours than that documented in related studies undertaken in the USA.
While these findings draw attention to a higher level of suicidal ideation in students who utilise mental health assistance, more than half of those who reported suicide attempts did not use any kind of mental health service.
The study has particular implications for detecting and a...
Mots-clés Pascal : Idée suicide, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Milieu universitaire, Adulte jeune, Homme, Australie, Océanie, Démographie, Diagnostic, Facteur risque, Tentative suicide
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide ideation, Prevalence, Epidemiology, University environment, Young adult, Human, Australia, Oceania, Demography, Diagnosis, Risk factor, Suicide attempt
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