Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 7, pp 862–866 | Cite as

Suicide Attempts and Associated Factors in Male and Female Korean Adolescents A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Survey

  • Young Ran Chin
  • Kyungwon Choi
Brief Communication


Using data from the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey, this study seeks to investigate associations of suicide attempts with family, individual, and behavioral factors on the basis of gender. Among male adolescents, those who did not live with their parents, who had poor subjective academic achievement, depression, experiences of smoking and sexual coitus, drug abuse, suicidal ideation and plans were more likely to attempt suicide. Among the female adolescents, those who did not live with their parents, had depression, low self-rated health, experiences of drug abuse and sexual coitus, and expressed unhappiness, suicidal ideation and suicide plans were more likely to attempt suicide. Thus, the development of a suicide prevention program for Korean adolescents requires different approaches for males and females.


Sex Suicide attempts Suicidal ideation Youth Risk Behavior Survey 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare no competing interests. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NursingChungwoon UniversityChungnamSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of NursingDaejeon Institute of Science and TechnologyDaejeonSouth Korea

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