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Heidi Hales


Objectives: To determine the prevalence of suicidal ideation (SI) and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among Vermont high schoolers and examine their relationship with health-behavior and demographic variables.

Methods: We used responses to the 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey from Vermont high schoolers (n = 18 613) to perform bivariate logistic regression analyses of variables thought to predict SI and NSSI.

Results: In 2019, 14.8% of Vermont high schoolers reported SI in the past year, and 18.9% reported NSSI. Lower grade level, LGBT identity, self-perception as over- or underweight, being bullied, alcohol use, smoking, and female sex were all associated with higher odds of reporting SI and NSSI.

Conclusions: SI and NSSI are prevalent problems among adolescents that would be amenable to school-based public health interventions. Certain groups face higher risk for SI and NSSI, such as girls and LGBT adolescents.

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