Year: 2007 Source: Primary Psychiatry, v.14, no.11, (2007), p.80-87 SIEC No: 20101177

This study explores suicide in Micronesia & provides recommendations for further research & prevention programs. All available studies were reviewed. Since the late 1960s, the number of suicides throughout Micronesia has risen sharply. Victims are generally young males between 15-24-years of age. The most common scenario leading to suicide is an incident of intergenerational conflict. Less than 40% of suicides occur in people with mental disorder. Further studies should focus on risk & protective factors – especially sociocultural factors – using standardized instruments & diagnostic criteria. Suicide prevention might focus on improving public education, mental health services, & crisis intervention. (45 refs.) JA