Why do so many Latina teens attempt suicide? A conceptual model for research
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent; Culture; Family; Female; Hispanic Americans; Humans; *Psychological Theory; Social Environment; Suicide, Attempted
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Rates of suicide attempts among adolescent Latinas have been reported to be higher than for their non-Hispanic counterparts. Yet researchers know very little about the attempts, their antecedents, and why the girls attempt suicide. Latina girls have been included in research on suicidal adolescents and typically show higher rates of attempts relative to similar psychopathology when compared with other young women. A few small studies have focused on Latinas, but none have explored why suicide attempt rates are higher. The authors constructed a conceptual model to provide a formulation of this phenomenon on the basis of a review of the literature on suicide attempts among Latinas and their clinical experience. This model can serve as a framework to guide research on the unique sociocultural processes present in Latina adolescent suicide attempts and may also benefit the work of clinicians.
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Citation: Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2005 Apr;75(2):275-87. Link to article on publisher's site
Zayas, Luis H.; Lester, Rebecca J.; Cabassa, Leopoldo J.; and Fortuna, Lisa R., "Why do so many Latina teens attempt suicide? A conceptual model for research" (2005). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 340.