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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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GONZALEZ-FUENTES, Marcela Beatriz  and  PALOS, Patricia Andrade. Self-acceptance as a risk factor of attempted suicide in adolescents. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.1, pp.26-35. ISSN 0718-7475.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate self-acceptance in adolescents as a risk factor in attempted suicide. From one sample of 665 students between 14 and 20 years old (M = 16.7; SD = 1.36), only 79 adolescents (12%) reported attempted suicide, of whom 24 were men (M = 16.6) and 55 women (M = 16.7; SD = 1.44). The study included two sample groups, one a group of young people who had reported suicide attempts (n = 79), the other group was composed of people who had not reported suicide attempts (n = 69). A self-acceptance questionnaire which evaluated five dimensions (personal rejection, personal dissatisfaction, character dissatisfaction, self-acceptance of positive aspects and self-acceptance of negative aspects) was administered, and subjects were asked five questions about suicide attempts. The results showed that self-acceptance predictors of suicide attempts were different between the sexes: logistic regression suggests that self-acceptance of negative aspects is a protective factor for men; women who reported personal-rejection have an increased risk of repeating suicide attempts.

Keywords : Self-acceptance; attempted suicide; adolescents; risk and protective factors.

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