Suicidal ideation among single, pregnant adolescents

The role of sexual and religious knowledge, attitudes and practices

Lai Fong Chan, B. Mohamad Adam, Norazlin Kamal Nor, M. I. Siti Haida, V. Y. Lee, A. W. Norazura, K. Ek Zakuan, Susan M K Tan

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Abstract

Pregnant adolescents are a high-risk population for suicide. However, a knowledge gap still exists on how sexual and religious knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) influence suicidal ideation (SI) in teenage pregnancy. We aim to explore the interplay between psychiatric diagnoses, sociodemographic factors and KAP of sexual and religious issues as risk factors of SI among 114 pregnant Malaysian adolescents from 6 rehabilitation centers and a tertiary hospital. Single sexual partner was an independent predictor of SI, suggesting the role of less sexual experience as a risk factor for SI after controlling for major depression. Participants who were unsure versus those who agreed with the statement that most religions’ viewed sex outside marriage as wrong had a lower risk of SI after controlling for major depression. Pregnant adolescents with a single sexual partner were significantly associated with current SI. Ambivalence towards religious prohibitions on premarital sex may protect against suicidal ideation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-169
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Partners
Religion and Sex
Depression
Pregnancy in Adolescence
Rehabilitation Centers
Marriage
Tertiary Care Centers
Mental Disorders
Suicide

Keywords

  • Risk factors
  • Sexual & religious KAP
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Teenage pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Suicidal ideation among single, pregnant adolescents : The role of sexual and religious knowledge, attitudes and practices. / Chan, Lai Fong; Mohamad Adam, B.; Kamal Nor, Norazlin; Siti Haida, M. I.; Lee, V. Y.; Norazura, A. W.; Ek Zakuan, K.; Tan, Susan M K.

In: Journal of Adolescence, Vol. 52, 01.10.2016, p. 162-169.

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Chan, Lai Fong ; Mohamad Adam, B. ; Kamal Nor, Norazlin ; Siti Haida, M. I. ; Lee, V. Y. ; Norazura, A. W. ; Ek Zakuan, K. ; Tan, Susan M K. / Suicidal ideation among single, pregnant adolescents : The role of sexual and religious knowledge, attitudes and practices. In: Journal of Adolescence. 2016 ; Vol. 52. pp. 162-169.
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