Suicidal thoughts and Attempting of Secondary School Students in Thailand


  • Phongsak Sakhunthaksin Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University
  • Patama Vapattanawong Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University


Suicidal thoughts and attempting, Youth, Family


The objective of this article was to study the suicidal thoughts and attempting and the factors associated with suicidal thoughts and attempts in secondary school students. A quantitative research methodology was used to analyze the Thailand 2015 Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS) data which conducted by The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the Department of Health, the Department of Health. The binary logistic regression was employed in this study. The results showed that the students who rarely or sometime and mostly of the time or always felt lonely were more likely to have (Odds ratio: OR) suicidal thoughts and attempts higher than the students who never felt lonely by 4.0 times (95% CI 3.0 – 5.5) and 1.8 times (95% CI 1.3 – 2.4) respectively. Students who were mostly or always so worried about something that they could not sleep at night were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempts than the counterparts by 2.8 times (95% CI 2.0 – 3.9). For family factors, students who reported that their parents never or rarely and sometimes really knew what they were doing with free time were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempts than those who reported that parents most of the time or always really knew by 1.8 times (95% CI 1.3 – 2.5) and 1.5 times (95% CI 1.2 – 1.8) respectively. Besides, students who reported that their parents most of the time or always and sometimes went through their things without their approval were 1.9 times (95% CI 1.3 – 2.7) and 1.4 times (95% CI 1.1 – 1.8), respectively, more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempts than those whose parents never went through. Thus, it could be concluded that loneliness and worry are risk factors while good family relationships are protective factors against suicidal thoughts and attempts at high school students in Thailand.


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Sakhunthaksin, P. ., & Vapattanawong, P. (2021). Suicidal thoughts and Attempting of Secondary School Students in Thailand. KKU Research Journal (Graduate Studies) Humanities and Social Sciences, 9(3), 108–119. Retrieved from



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