Suicide in first- and second-generation immigrants in Sweden: a comparative study.

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Source
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2002 Sep;37(9):423-9
Publication Type
Article
Date
Sep-2002
Author
Anders Hjern
Peter Allebeck
Author Affiliation
Department of Clinical Sciences, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. anders.hjern@sos.se
Source
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2002 Sep;37(9):423-9
Date
Sep-2002
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Cohort Effect
Comparative Study
Culture
Emigration and Immigration - statistics & numerical data
Ethnic groups - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Female
Humans
Male
Suicide - ethnology - prevention & control - psychology
Sweden - epidemiology
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Studies of suicide in first-generation immigrants have consistently shown higher rates compared to their country of origin. Little is known about the risk of suicide in second-generation immigrants and intercountry adoptees. The aim of this study was to investigate rates of suicide death in second-generation immigrants and intercountry adoptees in comparison with their parental generation and the majority population. METHOD: The study was based on multivariate analyses of register data on suicide death during 1990-98 in a Swedish national cohort of 2.7 million residents (10-68 years). RESULTS: Second-generation immigrants tended to have higher odds than the first-generation immigrants compared to the majority population in all six minority groups studied. The Finnish minority had the highest and the Middle Easterners the lowest odds for suicide death in both generations of immigrants. The intercountry adoptees had very high odds for suicide death (adjusted OR: 5.0; 95 % CI 3.5-7.0). CONCLUSIONS: Second-generation immigrants are at greater risk for suicide death than their parental generation. Intercountry adoptees should be of particular concern in suicide prevention.
PubMed ID
12242618 View in PubMed
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