Year: 2005 Source: International Review for the Sociology of Sport, v.40, no.1, (2005), p.5-23 SIEC No: 20061002

This study used hierarchical logistic regression analysis to test whether athletic participation was associated with lower rates of suicide ideation & behaviour among a nationally representative sample of over 16,000 American public & private high school students. Net of the effects of age, ethnicity, parental educational attainment, & urbanicity, high school athletic participation was significantly associated with reduced odds of considering suicide among both females & males, & reduced odds of planning a suicide attempt among females only. Athletic participation was also associated with higher rates of injury to males who had attempted suicide. (65 refs.)