Epidemiology of Suicidal Behavior among Korean Adolescents

Hee‐Soon ‐S Juon, Jung Ja Nam, Margaret E. Ensminger

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Abstract The purpose of this study was 10 estimate the prevalence of suicidal behaviors and their relation to background characteristics, social integration, academic stress, psychological distress, and substance use in a stratified random sample of 9886 high school students in Korea. In a multiple logistic regression, we found that depression was the strongest predictor of suicidal behaviors. The other factors significantly associated with suicidal behaviours were gender, academic stress, hostility and substance use. These results indicate that early identification of risk factors for suicidal behaviors may have potential for reducing possible future suicides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-676
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Korean adolescents
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • academic stress
  • depression
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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