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Factors related to the presence of suicidal ideations in adolescents after a technological disaster

Pouliot Eve, Maltais Danielle, Lansard Anne-Lise, Dubois Pascale et Fortin Geneviève. (2022). Factors related to the presence of suicidal ideations in adolescents after a technological disaster. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 76, p. 1-25.

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Background: Three and a half years after a technological disaster, the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic (Quebec, Canada) in 2013, a study was conducted with adolescents to determine their mental health condition.

Method: Data were collected from 538 young people using a self-administered questionnaire distributed at their secondary school. One question specifically concerned the presence or absence of suicidal ideations. This article compares the characteristics of high school students who had had suicidal ideations during the 12 months preceding the survey (n = 172), with other adolescents in the same age group who had not had such ideations (n = 366).

Results: This study revealed that close to a third of respondents (32%) said that they had had suicidal ideations during the year preceding the data collection. They differed from the other respondents due to sociodemographic, psychological, educational, familial and social factors. The characteristics related to adolescents’ mental health are mainly associated with the presence of suicidal ideations.

Conclusion: Suicidal ideations in adolescents are a public health concern and may appear in non-negligible numbers after a disaster. This article indicates the importance after such an event of acting on all the social determinants of health in order to protect young people at risk of developing suicidal ideations and promote their recovery.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Pages:p. 1-25
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines
Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales
Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales > Service social et travail social
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences humaines > Unité d'enseignement en travail social
Mots-clés:suicidal ideations, suicidal thoughts, youths, adolescents, disasters, technological disasters.
Déposé le:31 mai 2022 12:49
Dernière modification:31 mai 2022 12:49
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