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McMahon, Elaine M and Corcoran, Paul and Keeley, Helen and Cannon, Mary and Carli, Vladimir and Wasserman, Camilla and Sarchiapone, Marco and Apter, Alan and Balazs, Judit and Banzer, Raphaela and Bobes, Julio and Brunner, Romuald and Cozman, Doina and Haring, Christian and Kaess, Michael and Kahn, Jean-Pierre and Kereszteny, Agnes and Bitenc, Ursa Mars and Nemes, Bogdan and Poštuvan, Vita and Sáiz, Pilar A and Sisask, Merike and Tubiana, Alexandra and Värnik, Peeter and Hoven, Christina W and Wasserman, Danuta (2017) Mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviours among young migrants: multicentre study of European adolescents. BJPsych Open , 3 , (6) , pp. 291-299.

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC57074...

Background: Migration has been reported to be associated with higher prevalence of mental disorders and suicidal behaviour.

Aims: To examine the prevalence of emotional and behavioural difficulties, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among migrant adolescents and their non-migrant peers.

Method: A school-based survey was completed by 11 057 European adolescents as part of the Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) study.

Results: A previous suicide attempt was reported by 386 (3.6%) adolescents. Compared with non-migrants, first-generation migrants had an elevated prevalence of suicide attempts (odds ratio (OR) 2.08; 95% CI 1.32-3.26; P=0.001 for European migrants and OR 1.86; 95% CI 1.06-3.27; P=0.031 for non-European migrants) and significantly higher levels of peer difficulties. Highest levels of conduct and hyperactivity problems were found among migrants of non-European origin.

Conclusions: Appropriate mental health services and school-based supports are required to meet the complex needs of migrant adolescents.


Item Type:Article
Date:November 2017
Page Range:pp. 291-299
Volume:3
Number:6
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural discrimination concepts > Minority group (racial group, immigrant, Traveller)
VA Geographic area > Europe
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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