Smoking and Suicidal Behaviors in the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication
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CitationKessler, Ronald C., Patricia A. Berglund; Guilherme Borges; Ruby C. Castilla-Puentes; Meyer D. Glantz; Savina A. Jaeger; Kathleen R. Merikangas; Matthew K. Nock; Leo J. Russo; Paul E. Stang. 2007. Smoking and Suicidal Behaviors in the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 195 (5): 369-377.
AbstractControversy exists about the role of mental disorders in the consistently documented association between smoking and suicidal behavior. This controversy is addressed here with data from the nationally representative National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Assessments were made of 12-month smoking, suicidal behaviors (ideation, plans, attempts), and DSM-IV disorders (anxiety, mood, impulse-control, and substance use disorders). Statistically significant odds-ratios (2.9-3.1) were found between 12-month smoking and 12-month suicidal behaviors. However, the associations of smoking with the outcomes became insignificant with controls for DSM-IV mental disorders. Although clear adjudication among contending hypotheses about causal mechanisms cannot be made from the cross-sectional NCS-R data, the results make it clear that future research on smoking and suicidal behaviors should focus more centrally than previous research on mental disorders either as common causes, markers, or mediators.
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