Mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviours among young migrants: multicentre study of European adolescents

McMahon, Elaine M.; Corcoran, Paul; Keeley, Helen; Cannon, Mary; Carli, Vladimir; Wasserman, Camilla; Sarchiapone, Marco; Apter, Alan; Balazs, Judit; Banzer, Raphaela; Bobes, Julio; Brunner, Romuald; Cozman, Doina; Haring, Christian; Kaess, Michael; Kahn, Jean-Pierre; Kereszteny, Agnes; Bitenc, Ursa Mars; Nemes, Bogdan; Pontuvan, Vita; ... (2017). Mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviours among young migrants: multicentre study of European adolescents. BJPsych open, 3(06), pp. 291-299. The Royal College of Psychiatrists 10.1192/bjpo.bp.117.005322

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Migration has been reported to be associated with higher prevalence of mental disorders and suicidal behaviour. AIMS: To examine the prevalence of emotional and behavioural difficulties, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among migrant adolescents and their non-migrant peers. METHOD: A school-based survey was completed by 11 057 European adolescents as part of the Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) study. RESULTS: A previous suicide attempt was reported by 386 (3.6%) adolescents. Compared with non-migrants, first-generation migrants had an elevated prevalence of suicide attempts (odds ratio (OR) 2.08; 95% CI 1.32-3.26; P=0.001 for European migrants and OR 1.86; 95% CI 1.06-3.27; P=0.031 for non-European migrants) and significantly higher levels of peer difficulties. Highest levels of conduct and hyperactivity problems were found among migrants of non-European origin. CONCLUSIONS: Appropriate mental health services and school-based supports are required to meet the complex needs of migrant adolescents. DECLARATION OF INTEREST: None. COPYRIGHT AND USAGE: © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2017. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial, No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) license.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Research Division

UniBE Contributor:

Kaess, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2056-4724

Publisher:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Language:

English

Submitter:

Livia Hug

Date Deposited:

14 Mar 2018 16:20

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 15:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1192/bjpo.bp.117.005322

PubMed ID:

29234521

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.109702

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/109702

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