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Análise Psicológica

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MENDES, Ricardo; VIEIRA, Manuela; HORTA, Mário  and  OLIVEIRA, Rui Aragão. Risco de suicídio em condutores adolescentes. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2003, vol.21, n.4, pp.465-474. ISSN 0870-8231.

The present study's main objective, concerning Traffic Psychology, was to compare adolescent's suicide risk with ages between 14 and 15 years old, candidates to a motorcycle special drivers license (N=40), with older adolescent's suicide risk with ages between 16 and 19 years, candidates to a motorcycle drivers license (N=40). It also intends to assess the influence of some psychosocial variables on the risk level, using the Jochen Stork Suicide Risk Scale. The results indicated that only 8,9% (N=7) of the total sample presented explicit suicide risk, all of them belonging to the older group. Regarding the characteristics of the sample, we could verify that some variables had a direct relation with the risk level. It was verified that the older group presented a higher level of significant suicide risk, highlighting the perception of the mother-infant relationship quality (p≤0.042); the economical situation (p≤0.043), the frequent consumption of alcohol (p≤0.047), the sense of familiar integration (p≤0.001) and the physical attractiveness self-image (p≤0.02). The implications of the present study's results were discussed in accordance with the literature models.

Keywords : Youth; driving; risk; suicide.

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