A binational school survey of depressive symptoms, drug use, and suicidal ideation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

New findings are presented from a survey of depressive symptoms, illicit drug use, and suicidality among 4,157 adolescents attending school in six border cities in Texas and neighboring Tamaulipas, Mexico. Among the Texas youth, 48.08% scored above 16 on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies' Depression Scale (CES-D); 21% reported illicit drug use in the past month; and 23.43% said they had thought about killing themselves during the past week. Rates were lower among the Mexican youth: 39.41% had high CES-D scores; 4.95% reported drug use and 11.57% reported current suicidal ideation. Multivariate models are presented to show the linkage between psychological distress, drug use, and suicidality in this sample of border youth.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swanson, JW; Linskey, AO; Quintero-Salinas, R; Pumariega, AJ; Holzer, CE

Published Date

  • July 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 669 - 678

PubMed ID

  • 1644730

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0890-8567

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004583-199207000-00014


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States