Year: 2001 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.31, no.2, (Summer 2001), p.197-206 SIEC No: 20020282

The aim of this study was to identify the risk factors for overdose among Bahraini youth, 15-24 years. All suicide attempters in the country during an 18-month period (n=100) were identified prospectively. One hospital-matched control was selected for each case. Stresses generated from living in a non-intact family, interpersonal relationships mainly with the opposite sex, unemployment, & school performance came out as the main risk factors. The association of previously identified risk factors such as depression, aggressive behaviour, & use of drugs & alcohol was low among attempters. While the results of this study are consistent with the present view that suicidal behaviours are multifactoral in origin, the magnitude & effect of each factor are culturally determined. (47 refs.)