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ZANINI, Daniela Sacramento et al. Suicide and behavioral problems in adolescents of a City of Goiás. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.73, n.1, pp. 104-120. ISSN 1809-5267.

Suicide involves ideations and/or attempts that can lead to death. Its increase in adolescence demands preventive and health-promoting public policies. Objectives: 1) to disclose, by means of documentary analysis, the indexes and methods of suicide by sex in a city of Goiás between the years of 2005 and 2012; 2) to endorse the prevalence of ideation and attempted suicide among adolescents; 3) to assess a relationship between idea and suicide attempt and behavioral problems, and 4) to analyze sociodemographic and clinical risks associated with suicide attempts. A probabilistic sample of 368 adolescents (13 to 18 years old), responded to the Youth Self Report. There is a high prevalence of suicide in the city (M = 2.37 cases/year in a city with approximately 2,200 adolescents). 12.8% of the sample reported attempting suicide, and 18,2% thought to commit suicide, of which 47.8% actually attempted suicide. Ideation and attempted suicide correlated significantly with all behavioral problems surveyed. Variables such as suicidal ideation and type of school were predictors of suicide attempts.

Palavras-chave : Teenagers; Suicidal Ideation; Suicide Attempt; Suicide.

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