Depressiivsete ja suitsidaalsete kooliõpilaste seksuaalkäitumine

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Title Depressiivsete ja suitsidaalsete kooliõpilaste seksuaalkäitumine
Author Heidmets, Lauraliisa; Samm, Algi; Sisask, Merike; Kolves, Kairi; Visnapuu, Piret; Aasvee, Katrin; Värnik, Airi
Journal Name Eesti Arst
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Estonia
Publisher Eesti Arstide Liit
Abstract AIM. The aim of the present study was to describe and analyse the prevalence of selfestimated depressiveness and suicidality among Estonian schoolchildren and their sexual behaviour as well as to identify if depressiveness and suicidality are related to sexual behaviour. METHODS. The study is based on the data collected from a random sample of Estonian schoolchildren during the WHO crossnational HBSC study (Health Behavior in School-aged Children) in 2005/2006. The subjects were 13- and 15-year-old students (n = 3055). The data was collected using a self-completed questionnaire administered in the classroom. For data analysis, descriptive statistics, percentage distribution and the chi-square test were used. RESULTS. The survey revealed that almost 39% of Estonian schoolchildren reported depressive feelings and/or suicidal ideation and 15% of the sample (17% of the boys and 13% of the girls) had had a sexual intercourse. Suicidality and depressiveness appeared to be related with sexual behaviour: schoolchildren who reported depressiveness or suicidal ideation were more likely to having had (an early) sexual intercourse and they were less likely using a condom during their last sexual intercourse. CONCLUSION. Subjective depressiveness and suicidality among Estonian schoolchildren is alarming: it is essential to pay more attention to the mental health of young people by providing supportive, protective and awareness-raising measures.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Eesti Arstide Liit. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 88
Issue Number 3
Page from 156
Page to 163
ISSN 0235-8026
Date Accessioned 2010-03-17
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Multi-Discipline
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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