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Hispanic Female Adolescents' Use of Illicit Drugs and the Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

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Objectives : To examine the association between female adolescents in high school who use illicit drugs and seriously consider attempting suicide.

Methods : Data were analyzed from the 2003 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. Variables for suicidal thought, illicit drugs, and covariables were chosen to explore the association.

Results : Seriously considering attempting suicide was associated with Hispanics, suburban youth, use of marijuana, inhalants, methamphetamines, and steroids without MD's prescription.

Conclusions : Greater effort may be necessary to raise awareness about the physical and mental health status of Hispanic adolescents and to ensure good mental health programs are available.

Keywords: Hispanic female adolescents; Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System; drug use; suicide

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Graduate Student, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX.

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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