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      Transcultural differences in suicide attempts among children and adolescents with and without migration background, a multicentre study: in Vienna, Berlin, Istanbul


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          While suicide can occur throughout the lifespan, worldwide suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years. The aim of this multicentre study, conducted in Austria, Germany and Turkey, is to investigate the transcultural differences of suicide attempts among children and adolescents with and without migration background. The present study is a retrospective analyses of the records of 247 young people, who were admitted after a suicide attempt to Emergency Outpatient Clinics of Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the collaborating Universities including Medical University of Vienna, Charité University Medicine Berlin and Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine and Bakirkoy Training and Research Hospital for Mental Health in Istanbul over a 3-year period. The results of the present study show significant transcultural differences between minors with and without migration background in regard to triggering reasons, method of suicide attempts and psychiatric diagnosis. The trigger event “intra-familial conflicts” and the use of “low-risk methods” for their suicide attempt were more frequent among patients with migration background. Moreover among native parents living in Vienna and Berlin divorce of parents were more frequent compared to parents living in Istanbul and migrants in Vienna. These results can be partly explained by cultural differences between migrants and host society. Also disadvantages in socio-economic situations of migrants and their poorer access to the healthcare system can mostly lead to acute and delayed treatments. Larger longitudinal studies are needed to understand better the impact of migration on the suicidal behaviour of young people.

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                Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry
                Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry
                European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
                Springer Berlin Heidelberg (Berlin/Heidelberg )
                29 May 2021
                29 May 2021
                : 31
                : 11
                : 1671-1683
                [1 ]GRID grid.22937.3d, ISNI 0000 0000 9259 8492, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Clinic of Transcultural Psychiatry and Migration Induced Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence, , Medical University of Vienna, ; Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria
                [2 ]GRID grid.22937.3d, ISNI 0000 0000 9259 8492, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, , Medical University of Vienna, ; Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria
                [3 ]GRID grid.22937.3d, ISNI 0000 0000 9259 8492, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, , Medical University of Vienna, ; Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria
                [4 ]GRID grid.506076.2, ISNI 0000 0004 1797 5496, Department of Child and Adolescents Psychiatry, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine, , İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, ; Kocamustafapasa Cd. No: 53, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
                [5 ]GRID grid.459507.a, ISNI 0000 0004 0474 4306, Department of Psychology, , İstanbul Gelisim University, ; Cihangir Mahallesi Şehit Jandarma Komando Er Hakan Oner Sk. No:1, Avcilar, Istanbul, Turkey
                [6 ]GRID grid.414850.c, ISNI 0000 0004 0642 8921, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, , Bakirkoy Training and Research Hospital for Mental Health and Neurological Disorders, ; Zuhuratbaba Mah. Dr Tevfik Sağlam Cad. No:25/2, Bakirköy, Istanbul, Turkey
                [7 ]GRID grid.512925.8, ISNI 0000 0004 7592 6297, Department of Child and Adolescents Psychiatry, , Ankara City Hospital, AYBÜ Ankara Şehir Hastanesi Çocuk Hastanesi 06800 Bilkent, ; Ankara, Turkey
                [8 ]GRID grid.6363.0, ISNI 0000 0001 2218 4662, Departement of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychsomatics and Psychotherapy, , Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, ; Campus Virchow, Augustenbruger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany
                [9 ]GRID grid.22937.3d, ISNI 0000 0000 9259 8492, Postgraduate University Program Transcultural Medicine and Diversity Care, , Medical University of Vienna, ; Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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                transcultural differences,suicide attempts,children and adolescents,risk factors,migration background


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