Adolescent predictors of incidence and persistence of suicide-related outcomes in young adulthood: A longitudinal study of Mexican youth

In recent years, Mexico has seen one of the largest increases in suicide rates worldwide, especially among adolescents and young adults. This study uses data from the 1,071 respondents who participated in a two‐wave longitudinal study when they were between 12 and 17 years of age, and again when they were between 19 and 26 years of […]

Suicidal ideation, depressive symptomatology, and self-concept: A comparison between Mexican institutionalized and noninstitutionalized children.

Previous research reports a significant prevalence of child depression worldwide and self‐concept as a predictor of depression and suicide behavior. Although suicide in children is an increasing problem in Mexico, there are scarce studies reporting risk factors and none of children in foster care institutions. This was a comparative, ex post facto study whose aim […]

Association between completed suicide and environmental temperature in a Mexican population, using the Knowledge Discovery in Database approach.

Background and objective Suicide is a worldwide health problem and climatological characteristics have been associated with suicide behavior. However, approaches such as the Knowledge Discovery in Database are not frequently used to search for an association between climatological characteristics and suicide. The aim of the present study was to assess the association between weather data […]

Understanding suicide in socially vulnerable contexts: Psychological autopsy in a small town in Mexico.

In Mexico, suicides are increasing in certain latitudes where local rates have grown to levels of alert; suicide is also the second most common cause of death for the group aged 15 to 19. The psychological autopsy method was utilized to uncover and analyze common factors in all of the registered suicides within 2011 and […]

Parental psychopathology and offspring suicidality in Mexico.

This study utilized an ecological framework to explore the role of 4 culturally relevant protective factors, reasons for living, Afrocentric worldview, family support, and friend support, in protecting Black American college students from suicidal behavior. Participants were 289 Black American college students. We hypothesized that these 4 culturally relevant factors would exert indirect protective effects […]

Evaluation of Suicide Risk in Children: Psychometric Properties of the Spanish Version of the Risk of Suicide Questionnaire (RSQ)

The Risk for Suicide Questionnaire was translated into Spanish & administered to all fifth & sixth grade students at a private school in Guadalajara, Mexico whose parents had given consent for participation. Beck’s Depression & Hopelessness Inventories were also completed. The parents of children who were at suicide risk were contacted & invited to come […]

Service use Among Mexico City Adolescents With Suicidality

The lifetime & 12-month prevalence & associations of mental health treatment among Mexican adolescents with suicide-related outcomes are reported. A representative multistage probability household survey of 3005 adolescents in Mexico City was done in 2005. Discrete-time survival analyses were used. The prevalence of lifetime service use among respondents with suicide-related outcomes was 35% for those […]

Disturbed Sleep Among Adolescents Living in 2 Communities on the Texas-Mexico Border, 2000-2003

The authors estimated the prevalence of disturbed sleep & associated factors among ninth graders living on the Texas-Mexico border. Probabilistic sampling was used to conduct 2 cross-sectional, school-based surveys, 1 during the 2000-2001 school year in Texas & 1 during the 2002-2003 school year in Mexico. Disturbed sleep during the 4 weeks before the survey […]

Immigration and Suicidal Behavior Among Mexicans and Mexican Americans

Migration to the United States was examined as a risk factor for suicidal behaviour among people of Mexican origin. Data was pooled from 2 nationally representative surveys in the United States & Mexico. Discrete time survival models were used to account for time-varying & time-invariant characteristics, including psychiatric disorders. Risk for suicide ideation was higher […]

Self-Esteem, Depressive Symptomatology, and Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents: Results of Three Studies

This study explored the existence of a relationship between low self-esteem & depressive symptomatology with suicide ideation & explored if gender has an effect in this interaction. Data were obtained from 3 samples of Mexican adolescent students. Girls showed a higher frequency of low self-esteem than boys in 2 of the studies. In the other […]

Suicide Notes From Mexico and the United States: a Thematic Analysis

This study investigated suicide notes drawn from Mexico & the United States as these countries share geographical proximity, but markedly different cultures & suicide rates. A theoretical conceptual analysis of 102 suicide notes, matched for age & gender, was undertaken based on a thematic model of suicide developed by Leenaars across countries. The inter-judge reliability […]

Suicidal Behavior in the Mexican National Comorbidity Survey (M-NCS): Lifetime and 12-Month Prevalence, Psychiatric Factors and Service Utilization

Nationally representative data from Mexico are presented on the lifetime & 12-month prevalence of the onset of suicide ideation, suicidal plans, & suicide attempt as well as associated DSM-IV psychiatric disorders & service utilization. Data are from the Mexican National Comorbidity Survey which was carried out in 2001-2003 with a sample of 5,782 respondents, age […]

The Epidemiology of Suicide-Related Outcomes in Mexico

Nationally representative data from the Mexican National Comorbidity Survey are presented on the lifetime prevalence & age-of-onset distributions of suicide ideation, plan, & attempt & on temporally prior demographic & DSM-IV psychiatric risk factors. Lifetime ideation was reported by 8.1% of respondents, while 3.2% reported a lifetime plan, & 2.7% a lifetime suicide attempt. Onset […]

Tears, Trauma and Suicide: Everyday Violence Among Street Youth in Puebla, Mexico

Despite considerable ethnographic research with young people in street situations & a growing interest in violence, little attention has been paid to suicide. The occurrence of suicide is a dramatic event that reveals weaknesses in support systems established by governments & civil society organisations, as well as perceived failings of friends. While an interest in […]

Suicide Notes in Mexico: What do They Tell us?


The ‘Shame Suicides’ and Tijuana (IN: On the Border: Society and Culture Between the United States and Mexico, ed. by A G Wood)

Relation of Serum Cholesterol, Lipid, Serotonin and Tryptophan Levels to Severity of Depression and to Suicide Attempts

Suicide in Mexico: a Cross-National Perspective El suicidio en Mexico: una perspectiva internacional

A Spanish text of this article is also available.

Differences in Nonfatal Suicide Behaviors Among Mexican and European American Middle School Children

This report describes ethnic & gender differences in suicide ideation among 2 large samples of middle school students in New Mexico (n=2140) & Texas (n=1302). Students completed a self-administered questionnaire on suicide ideation & psychosocial risk factors. Mexican Americans in both samples reported significantly higher prevalence of suicide ideation than did their European American counterparts. […]

Suicide in Numbers El suicidio en numeros

This article is an English translation. The original Spanish text is also available.

AIDS Mortality in Mexico 1983-1992 Mortalidad por SIDA en Mexico 1983-1992

This article is an English translation. The original Spanish text is also available.

Suicide in Mexico Over Time Suicidio en Mexico a traves del tiempo

This article is also available in Spanish.

Anxiety, Depression and the Identification of Stressors Experienced by Mexican Migrant Farmworkers in the Midwest

This study assessed the prevalence levels of anxiety & depression in a sample of Mexican migrant farmworkers in the northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan area. Workers were asked open-ended questions about the stressors in their life. A content analysis revealed 17 stressors, over half of which were identified by at least one-fourth of the sample. The overall […]