Nouvelle publication du CRSN

Prevalence and correlates of adolescent self-injurious thoughts and behaviors: A population-based study in Burkina Faso

Tracie I Ebalu1 , Jaclyn C Kearns2
, Lucienne Ouermi3 ,
Mamadou Bountogo3
, Ali Sié3
, Till Bärnighausen4,5,6
and Guy Harling

Self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs), a broad term that encompasses cognitions and actions related to both suicidal and nonsuicidal deliberate self-harm, are major public health concerns among youth globally. SITBs – most notably suicide – create significant costs to society (Florence et al., 2015), particularly in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), which contain 90% of the
world’s youth population and account for 75% of all sui- cide deaths (Saxena et al., 2014). To date, SITB research has almost exclusively focused on high-income countries with extremely limited coverage of countries in the sub- Saharan African (SSA) region. This paucity of research limits our understanding of the global burden of SITBs, including cross-national differences that may emerge in prevalence and risk correlates.