Prevalence and associated socio-demographic factors of suicidal behaviour in the general population of Latvia

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To determine the prevalence of any type of suicidal behaviour and associated socio-demographic factors among the general population of Latvia.. The study was conducted in 2019 and 2020 on a representative sample of Latvian adult population, selected by a stratified random sampling method. The Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI; version 7.0.2) was used to assess suicidal behaviour, and specifically designed questionnaire was used for obtaining the socio-demographic data. All the interviews were conducted by the professional and trained interviewers in the households of respondents. Binary logistic regression was applied during the analysis.. The final sample included 2687 respondents. The point prevalence of any type of suicidal behaviour (including suicidal ideation, plan, and attempts) was 10.6% (n=285). After adjustment for all independent socio-demographic factors, higher odds of any type of suicidal behaviour were found in respondents with lower education: unfinished primary education (vs. higher education, aOR 3.1, p=0,003) and primary education (vs. higher education, aOR 1.6, p= 0,04). Higher odds were also detected in those living in capital city Riga (vs. living in smaller Latvian towns, aOR 1.5, p=0,01), as well as in unmarried respondents (vs. married/cohabiting, aOR 1.8, p<0,001) and those who are living separately or divorced (vs. married/cohabiting, aOR 1.6, p=0,007).. In the process of developing an algorithm for a comprehensive suicide screening program attention should be paid to the socio-demographic groups with higher odds of suicidal behaviour: people with lower education, unmarried, divorced and people living separately from their partners, as well as people living in the capital city.
Period30 Mar 2023
Event titleRSU International Research Conference 2023: Knowledge for Use in Practice
Event typeConference
OrganiserRīga Stradiņš University
LocationRiga, LatviaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational