Residential Relocation and the Risk of Attempted Suicide in Adolescents Public Deposited

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  • February 27, 2019
  • Sommer, David B.
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health Leadership Program
  • Objective: To examine whether frequency of residential relocation was associated with increased risk of attempted suicide in a large, nationally representative sample of adolescents (ages 12 to 17). Method: Data on over 19,000 adolescents from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) were analyzed. Logistic regression was performed to determine the odds ratio for attempted suicide comparing adolescents in three categories of relocation frequency with adolescents who did not move during the preceding five years. Analyses were stratified on demographic characteristics to test for effect modification. Demographic control variables were then added to the regression model to generate adjusted odds ratios. Results: Compared to adolescents reporting no moves in the preceding five years, crude odds ratios (and 95% confidence intervals) for a suicide attempt among adolescents by number of moves in the last five years were: 1.23 (0.97-1.57) for one move, 1.53 (1.22-1.91) for two or three moves, and 3.11 (2.32-4.16) forfour or more moves. Odds ratios did not change substantially when adjusted for sex, age, race/ethnicity, family income, family structure, and population density. Conclusions: A dose-response relationship was observed between frequency of relocation and risk of attempted suicide. A history of frequent relocation may be a clinically useful marker to assist school and medical professionals in identifying at-risk adolescents for further evaluation.
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  • Hogan, Vijaya
  • Bravender, Terrill
  • Master of Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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