Journal article

Identifying the prevalence and predictors of suicidal behaviours for indigenous males in custody

Stephane M Shepherd, Benjamin Spivak, Kerry Arabena, Yin Paradies

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: High rates of suicidal behaviours among Indigenous Australians have been documented. Justice-involved individuals are also at a higher risk for engaging in suicidal behaviours. This study sought to ascertain the prevalence and correlates of suicidal behaviours for 107 Indigenous adult males in custody in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Participants undertook a structured interview comprising a psychiatric assessment. Information on suicidal behaviours (ideation and attempts), socio-demographics, environmental stressors, negative life events and mental health was obtained. RESULTS: A high proportion of Indigenous males in custody experienced lifetime suicidal ideation (63.7%) and ov..

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