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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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JARAMILLO GUTIERREZ, Mónica Rocío; SILVA VALLEJO, Carolina; ROJAS ARANGO, Bibiana Patricia  and  MEDINA-PEREZ, Óscar Adolfo. Suicidal ideation and associated factors in inmates of a prison of Antioquia, Colombia. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2015, vol.44, n.2, pp.100-105. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Suicidal behavior shows high numbers in prison population; hence, the following research was developed, which aimed to identify the sociodemographic, family, personal and imprisonment factors that are associated with suicidal ideation in inmates of a prison of Antioquia, Colombia. Material and methods: A cross descriptive study was carried out. It was applied the Suicide Orientation Inventory Test ISO-30, as well as a survey, in order to investigate sociodemographic, family and imprisonment aspects of a group of 154 inmates. Univariate and bivariate analysis were applied to the collected data by using Excel and OpenEpi programs. Results: 14.9% had high suicidal ideation. By analyzing the distribution of high suicidal ideation in the variables studied, it was found that the highest rates occurred in those who had previous attempts, 61.1%; a history of domestic violence, 50.0%; no schooling, 33.3%; those with a family history of suicide, 28.6%; and those without a definite sentence 22.9%. A significant association was found between the ideation and having committed previous suicide attempts (P<.01; rp = 7.4), belonging to households with domestic violence (P=.03; rp = 4.0), being single (P=.04; rp = 2.2) and being under 30 years old (P=.04; rp = 2.1). Conclusions: The high suicidal rates are much greater than those found in the general population; it is therefore recommended to the professionals of the institution to address the risk factors found here, in order to develop prevention and intervention programs.

Keywords : Colombia; Risk factors; Suicidal ideation; Suicide; Suicide attempts.

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