Correlates of suicide risk among secondary school students in Cape Town

SOURCE: Social Behavior and Personality
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2008
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer, S.Kleintjes, B.Van Wyk, E.A.Thompson, T.-A.B.Mashego
KEYWORDS: CAPE TOWN, SCHOOL CHILDREN, SECONDARY EDUCATION, SUICIDE
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5313

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess correlates of suicide risk in a South African school-based population (N = 1,157) from three secondary schools in Cape Town. Results indicated that using the Suicide Risk Screen (SRS; Eggert, Herting, & Thompson, 1995) a high rate of learners screened in at possible suicide risk (31.6%). Anger control problems, low self-esteem, perceived stress and unmet school goals were identified as predictors for suicide risk, while gender, age, drug involvement (alcohol and drug use, drug control problems and adverse consequences from alcohol and drug abuse), parental alcohol and/or drug abuse problems, perceived school performance, serious conflicts and tension with parents and unmet family goals were not associated with suicide risk.