Faculty Publications

Title

What role does race play in adolescent suicidal ideation?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Adolescents race, Suicide ideation

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Archives of Suicide Research

Volume

9

Issue

2

First Page

177

Last Page

192

Abstract

Epidemiological data indicate that suicide rates have been decreasing among 15-19-year-olds in the United States; however, rates have been increasing among some minority groups. Research has identified numerous risk factors for adolescent suicide and suicide-related behaviors, but models testing these risk factors within different racial or ethnic groups are scarce. The current study tested a model of adolescent suicide ideation in a sample of 258 high school students, comparing the model fit across two racial groups. The model significantly fit the data for both groups indicating that the relationship between suicide exposure and current suicidal ideation is mediated by reasons for living and level of depressive symptoms. Ways in which the results improve our understanding of risk factors in diverse adolescents are discussed. Copyright © International Academy for Suicide Research.

Original Publication Date

5-23-2005

DOI of published version

10.1080/13811110590904025

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