Hispanic female adolescents' use of illicit drugs and the risk of suicidal thoughts

Academic Article


  • 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.
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  • Luncheon C; Bae S; Gonzalez A; Lurie S; Singh KP
  • Start Page

  • 52
  • End Page

  • 59
  • Volume

  • 32
  • Issue

  • 1