Suicide clusters among young Kenyan men.


Journal Article

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodman, ML; Puffer, ES; Keiser, PH; Gitari, S

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1359105317743803 -

PubMed ID

  • 29192523

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29192523

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7277

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1359-1053

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1359105317743803


  • eng