Intimate Partnerships, Suicidal Ideation and Suicide-Related Hospitalization Among Young Kenyan Men

Michael L. Goodman, Sarah E. Seidel, Derrick Gibson, Gwen Lin, Janki Patel, Philip Keiser, Stanley Gitari

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Abstract

The first study focused on a three-month chart review containing information on suicide attempts (n = 34) admitted to a local mission hospital in Meru County, Kenya. The second study utilized a cross-sectional survey administered to men 18–34 years old (n = 532) residing in rural Kenya. Data posit intimate partnership discord as salient to suicide ideation and behavior. Men who reported their partner status was “divorced” had four-times the odds of reporting suicide ideation than other partnership states, an association significantly mediated by loneliness. Violent conflict tactics predicted suicidal ideation, mediated by loneliness and decreased marital satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1238
Number of pages14
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume56
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • Hospitalization
  • Intimate partnerships
  • Kenya
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Young men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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