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Editor's Choice: Suicide among immigrants in Europe—a systematic literature review
Do migrant groups have suicide rates close to those of the new country, or do they ”bring along” the suicide rates from the country of origin? This is an intricate question that many scientistis have tried to address over the years. Suicidal behaviour is not like food habits or other types of behaviour that are natural to modify when entering a new culture. Suicidal behaviour is determined by a number of personal and cultural factors related to the country of origin, and in migrants also by factors related to the reason why people have emigrated and traumatic experiences in the migration process. While several of these factors may increase suicide risk, there is also the ”health migrant effect” that may be reflected in lower suicide risk in migrants. Spallek and collaborators conclude from the systematic review of 24 studies, that most immigrant groups in Europe do not have an increased suicide risk, which seems comforting. On the other hand, some groups originating from countries with a high suicide rate, seem to retain this high rate, which poses a challenge for suicide prevention.

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Trends in young people's health and social determinants

View the latest European Journal of Public Health supplement on 'Trends in young people's health and social determinants', guest edited by Emmanuel Kuntsche, Bjørn E. Holstein and Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer.

This supplement aims to provide evidence on various aspects of young people's health, wellbeing and related factors, allowing the reader to get an overview of prevalence changes across countries for selected outcomes, e.g. fruit and vegetable consumption, overweight, injury-related mortality and morbidity, physical activity, parental communication, bullying, early sexual intercourse and condom use, weekly alcohol consumption and the co-occurrence of tobacco and cannabis use, and life satisfaction, just to name a few of the outcomes included. The supplement also offers examples of how time trends can be interpreted and explained when dealing with perceived school pressure and health complaints.


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