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Suicidal Intent Among Young Suicides in Rural China

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To understand psychometric characteristics of Beck Suicide Intent Scale (SIS) and different characteristics of suicides between high and low intent in Chinese culture. Data of 386 suicides and 416 living controls aged 15-34 years were used to analyze psychometric characteristics of SIS with 6 items. SIS with 6 items had high reliability and validity. Different characteristics were found between suicides with high intent and low intent. Hopelessness, depression, impulsivity, and approach coping skill were common factors of suicide with high and low intent. Education years, marriage, social support, and mental disorders were specific factors of suicide with low intent. High intent suicides had different characteristics from low intent suicides. SIS with 6 items is suitable for use in young rural China.

Keywords: China; case-control study; risk factors; suicide; suicide intent

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Public Health, Shandong University, China,Department of Sociology, State University of New York College at Buffalo, New York, USA 2: School of Public Health, and Postdoctoral Program of School of Economics, Shandong University, Jinan, China

Publication date: April 1, 2011


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