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J Health Dev 2016, 5(3): 257-266 Back to browse issues page
Suicidal Thoughts and Planning for Suicide among the 2007-2013 Entrance Medical Students of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences
Niusheh Soofi Afshar, Marziye Bakhtar, Parvin Aghamohammadhasani, Mohsen Rezaeian *
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Background: Suicide is an intentional self-harm behavior leading to death that is more common in young people aged 15-24 years. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of suicidal thoughts and planning for suicide among medical students of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, all 300 Entrance 2007-2013 medical students of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences were included by census sampling. Among them, only 265 students (88%) agreed to participate in this study. Data were collected by using Beck standard suicide questionnaire. Data analysis was performed by using descriptive and analytical statistics like Chi-square and Fisher's exact tests.

Results: The participants included 126 male and 139 female medical students. Among them, 75.84% had no suicidal thoughts, 18.11% had suicidal thoughts, 4.15% were susceptible for committing suicide and 1.88% had a plan for suicide attempt. There was a significant relationship between suicidal thoughts and gender (P=0.017), living area (P=0.026), history of chronic disease (P=0.042), history of mental disorder (P=0.002), and smoking (P=0.049).

Conclusion: The results show that the risk of suicide is high in medical students. Therefore, preventive strategies should be performed for preventing suicidal thoughts and committing suicide.

Keywords: Suicide, Medical Students, Suicidal Thoughts, Committing Suicide, Rafsanjan
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2016/11/19 | Accepted: 2016/11/19 | Published: 2016/11/19
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Soofi Afshar N, Bakhtar M, Aghamohammadhasani P, Rezaeian M. Suicidal Thoughts and Planning for Suicide among the 2007-2013 Entrance Medical Students of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences. J Health Dev. 2016; 5 (3) :257-266
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