Suicide ideation and attempts among low-income African American adolescents

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Bettina F. Piko, Elizabeth Miller

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We examined the impact of risk and protective factors on the odds that African American adolescents seriously think about or attempt suicide. Data from students in grades 5-12 in a mostly urban, southeastern U.S. school district were analyzed. Findings support earlier work documenting differences in gender and grades. Risk factors were uniformly significant in understanding both ideation and attempts. Protective factors were not consistent predictors; the lowering role of religious protective factors was limited, though student's belonging to or their perception of belonging to a spiritual community was a significant factor in lowering the odds of suicide ideation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-563
Number of pages12
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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