Suicidal ideation among students of a medical college in Western Nepal

A cross-sectional study

Ritesh G. Menezes, S. H. Subba, Brijesh Sathian, Magdy A. Kharoshah, Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Sadip Pant, M. Arun, Rashmi Kundapur, Animesh Jain, Stany Wilfred Lobo, P. Ravi Shankar

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Many studies have been conducted in the developed countries to know the magnitude and factors influencing suicidal ideation among medical students, but such data are sparse in developing countries. This cross-sectional study was therefore conducted to find out the prevalence of suicidal ideation and factors influencing such ideation among students of a medical college in Western Nepal. A total of 206 students were selected using random sampling and questioned about their socio-demographic factors, other risk factors and suicidal ideation using a preformed validated questionnaire. The data were analyzed using SPSS for Windows Version 16.0 and the EPI Info 3.5.1 Windows Version. Descriptive statistics and testing of hypothesis were applied for the statistical methodology. The univariate and multivariate logistic regression methods were used to examine the association between different variables. Suicidal ideation in the last one year was present in nearly one tenth of the study population and in almost one fifth of them life-time suicidal ideation was present. Factors that were associated with suicidal ideation were primarily dissatisfaction with academic performance, being in the clinical semesters, having history of drug abuse and feeling neglected by parents. Most common reason reported for suicidal ideation was family related followed by self-related. Recognition of suicidal ideation among students and their associated factors can help in detecting it on time, making the right interventions and controlling the problem. Understanding the magnitude of the problem and their epidemiology via scientific study like this would be the first step in this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalLegal Medicine
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2012

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Suicidal Ideation
Nepal
Medical Students
Cross-Sectional Studies
Students
Developed Countries
Developing Countries
Substance-Related Disorders
Emotions
Epidemiology
Parents
Logistic Models
Demography

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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Menezes, R. G., Subba, S. H., Sathian, B., Kharoshah, M. A., Senthilkumaran, S., Pant, S., ... Ravi Shankar, P. (2012). Suicidal ideation among students of a medical college in Western Nepal: A cross-sectional study. Legal Medicine, 14(4), 183-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.legalmed.2012.02.004
Menezes, Ritesh G. ; Subba, S. H. ; Sathian, Brijesh ; Kharoshah, Magdy A. ; Senthilkumaran, Subramanian ; Pant, Sadip ; Arun, M. ; Kundapur, Rashmi ; Jain, Animesh ; Lobo, Stany Wilfred ; Ravi Shankar, P. / Suicidal ideation among students of a medical college in Western Nepal : A cross-sectional study. In: Legal Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 183-187.
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Menezes RG, Subba SH, Sathian B, Kharoshah MA, Senthilkumaran S, Pant S et al. Suicidal ideation among students of a medical college in Western Nepal: A cross-sectional study. Legal Medicine. 2012 Jul 1;14(4):183-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.legalmed.2012.02.004