Year: 2008 Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, v.32, no.1, (January/February 2008), p.52-59 SIEC No: 20110099

The association between female adolescents in high school who use illicit drugs & seriously consider attempting suicide was examined. Data were analyzed from the 2003 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. Variables for suicidal thoughts, illicit drugs, & covariables were chosen to explore the association. Seriously considering attempting suicide was associated with Hispanics, suburban youth, use of marijuana, inhalants, methamphetamines, & steroids without a doctor’s prescription. Greater effort may be necessary to raise awareness about the physical & mental health status of Hispanic adolescents & to ensure good mental health programs are available. (28 refs.) JA