Year: 2021 Source: Reproductive Health. (2021). DOI: SIEC No: 20210349

Background: Adolescent pregnancy is a risk factor for suicide. We aimed to assess the prevalence of suicide attempts
among young women with adolescent pregnancy in Bangladesh and to explore its associated factors.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we surveyed young women with adolescent pregnancy in urban and rural
areas in Bangladesh to assess suicide attempts, socio-demographic and pregnancy-related characteristics, perceived
health status, and perceived social support. Binary logistic regression analysis was conducted to explore the relationship between potentially related factors and suicide attempts.
Results: Of the participants, 6.5% (61/940) reported suicide attempts in the past 12 months, and the majority (88.5%)
of the attempts happened within one year after the pregnancy. Participants with more years after frst pregnancy
(odds ratio (OR) = 0.47, 95% CI: 0.37–0.61) and more perceived social support from friends (OR= 0.69, 95% CI: 0.55–
0.86) were less likely to have suicide attempts, and those perceived bad health status compared with good/fair health
status (OR= 8.38, 95% CI: 3.08–22.76) were more likely to attempt suicide.
Conclusions: Women with adolescent pregnancy were at high risk of suicide attempts, especially those during the
frst postnatal year. The risk of suicide attempts attenuated with the time after pregnancy, and perceived social support from friends was a protective factor and perceived bad health status was a risk factor for suicide attempts among
young women who have experienced adolescent pregnancy