Active school travel is associated with fewer suicide attempts among adolescents from low-and middle-income countries

Chen, Si-Tong and Guo, Tianyou and Yu, Qian and Stubbs, Brendon and Clark, Cain and Zhang, Zhihao and Zhu, Mingyue and Hossain, Md Mahhub and Yeung, Albert and Griffiths, Mark D. and Zou, Liye (2021) Active school travel is associated with fewer suicide attempts among adolescents from low-and middle-income countries. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 21 (1). p. 100202. ISSN 2174-0852

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijchp.2020.11.001

Abstract

Background/Objective: This study explored the association between active school travel (AST) and suicide attempts among adolescents in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Method: We used the data from the Global School-based Health Survey, including 127,097 adolescents aged 13-17 years from 34 LMICs. A self-reported survey was used to collect data on AST and suicide attempts as well as some variables. Multivariable logistic regression was performed to assess the association between AST and suicide attempts. A meta-analysis with random effects was undertaken to identify the difference in the association between AST and suicide attempts. Results: Across all the adolescents, the prevalence of AST was 37% and the prevalence of suicide attempts was 11.60%. Adolescents who engaged in AST were less likely to have suicide attempts irrespective of gender. The country-wise analysis indicated a large inconsistency in the association between AST and suicide attempt across the countries. Conclusions: AST would appear to be a protective factor for reducing suicide attempts among adolescents. However, the association between AST and suicide attempts varied greatly across the countries. Future studies should confirm the association between AST and suicide attempts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Active travel, Mental health, Suicidality, Low and middle income, Ex post facto study
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 09:21
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 09:21
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706362

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