Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university

Background: Undergraduate medical students have been the most distressed group among the student population. Depression and anxiety have been found to be more prevalent in this group of students compared to others. Objective: This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and predictors of sui...

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Main Authors: Tan, Siew Tin, Mohd Sidik, Sherina, Gyanchand Rampal, Lekhraj Rampal, Ibrahim, Normala
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Language:English
Published: Malaysian Medical Association 2015
Online Access:http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35033/1/Prevalence%20and%20predictors%20of%20suicidality%20among%20medical%20students%20in%20a%20public%20university.pdf
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spelling oai:psasir.upm.edu.my:35033 http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35033/ Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university Tan, Siew Tin Mohd Sidik, Sherina Gyanchand Rampal, Lekhraj Rampal Ibrahim, Normala Background: Undergraduate medical students have been the most distressed group among the student population. Depression and anxiety have been found to be more prevalent in this group of students compared to others. Objective: This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and predictors of suicidality among undergraduate medical students in a public university. Methods: This was an analytical cross-sectional study, conducted in a public university in Selangor, Malaysia. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires from January to February 2013, and analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences Software (version 21). Results: Out of 625 undergraduate medical students, 537 (85.9%) participated in the study. The prevalence of the suicidality among undergraduate medical students was 7.0%. The significant predictors of suicidality based on multiple logistic regression were the respondent’s lifetime suicide attempts (Adjusted Odds Ratio, AOR 10.4, 95% CI 2.7 to 40.9); depression (AOR 5.9, 95% CI 1.5 to 23.0); breaking off a steady love relationship (AOR 5.4, 95% CI 1.3 to 22.4); hopelessness (AOR 4.9, 95% CI 1.1 to 21.6); and something valued being lost or stolen (AOR 4.4, 95% CI 1.2 to 15.9). Conclusion: These findings indicate that mental health care services should be strengthened at university level. The results show a need for an intervention programme to reduce suicidality among the undergraduate medical students. Malaysian Medical Association 2015-02 Article PeerReviewed application/pdf en http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35033/1/Prevalence%20and%20predictors%20of%20suicidality%20among%20medical%20students%20in%20a%20public%20university.pdf Tan, Siew Tin and Mohd Sidik, Sherina and Gyanchand Rampal, Lekhraj Rampal and Ibrahim, Normala (2015) Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 70 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0300-5283 http://www.e-mjm.org/2015/v70n1/index.html
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description Background: Undergraduate medical students have been the most distressed group among the student population. Depression and anxiety have been found to be more prevalent in this group of students compared to others. Objective: This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and predictors of suicidality among undergraduate medical students in a public university. Methods: This was an analytical cross-sectional study, conducted in a public university in Selangor, Malaysia. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires from January to February 2013, and analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences Software (version 21). Results: Out of 625 undergraduate medical students, 537 (85.9%) participated in the study. The prevalence of the suicidality among undergraduate medical students was 7.0%. The significant predictors of suicidality based on multiple logistic regression were the respondent’s lifetime suicide attempts (Adjusted Odds Ratio, AOR 10.4, 95% CI 2.7 to 40.9); depression (AOR 5.9, 95% CI 1.5 to 23.0); breaking off a steady love relationship (AOR 5.4, 95% CI 1.3 to 22.4); hopelessness (AOR 4.9, 95% CI 1.1 to 21.6); and something valued being lost or stolen (AOR 4.4, 95% CI 1.2 to 15.9). Conclusion: These findings indicate that mental health care services should be strengthened at university level. The results show a need for an intervention programme to reduce suicidality among the undergraduate medical students.
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author Tan, Siew Tin
Mohd Sidik, Sherina
Gyanchand Rampal, Lekhraj Rampal
Ibrahim, Normala
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Mohd Sidik, Sherina
Gyanchand Rampal, Lekhraj Rampal
Ibrahim, Normala
Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
author_facet Tan, Siew Tin
Mohd Sidik, Sherina
Gyanchand Rampal, Lekhraj Rampal
Ibrahim, Normala
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title Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
title_short Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
title_full Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
title_fullStr Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
title_full_unstemmed Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
title_sort prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university
publisher Malaysian Medical Association
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url http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35033/1/Prevalence%20and%20predictors%20of%20suicidality%20among%20medical%20students%20in%20a%20public%20university.pdf
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