Suicide clusters among young Kenyan men

Michael Goodman, Eve S. Puffer, Philip Keiser, Stanley Gitari

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Abstract

Suicide is a leading cause of global mortality. Suicide clusters have recently been identified among peer networks in high-income countries. This study investigates dynamics of suicide clustering within social networks of young Kenya men (n = 532; 18–34 years). We found a strong, statistically significant association between reported number of friends who previously attempted suicide and present suicide ideation (odds ratio = 1.9; 95% confidence interval (1.42, 2.54); p < 0.001). This association was mediated by lower collective self-esteem (23% of total effect). Meaning in life further mediated the association between collective self-esteem and suicide ideation. Survivors of peer suicide should be evaluated for suicide risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Nov 1 2017

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Suicide
Self Concept
Attempted Suicide
Kenya
Social Support
Cluster Analysis
Survivors
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Mortality

Keywords

  • collective self-esteem
  • Kenya
  • meaning in life
  • social cluster
  • suicide ideation
  • young men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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Suicide clusters among young Kenyan men. / Goodman, Michael; Puffer, Eve S.; Keiser, Philip; Gitari, Stanley.

In: Journal of Health Psychology, 01.11.2017.

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