Adolescent alcohol use and suicide indicators among adolescents in Hawaii

Stephanie T. Nishimura, Deborah A. Goebert, Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler, Raul Caetano

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Research on suicide has focused on gender, age, ethnicity, and psychiatric profiles. However, few studies have examined alcohol use and its relationship to suicide among Native Hawaiians and other Asian American/Pacific Islanders. This study analyzes data from the 1997 and 1999 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey to examine whether alcohol problems increase the risk for suicide indicators (as evidenced by responses to questions asking whether an individual has considered, planned, attempted, or required treatment for a suicide attempt). Drinking pattern was the best predictor for all suicide indicators. School and community-based programs can help to increase an adolescent's knowledge about the consequences of alcohol use and prevention of suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-320
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol use
  • Hawaii
  • Suicide indicators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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