Bullying victimization, future orientation, and suicidal ideation of African American youth in an under-resourced community: A moderated-mediation approach

African American youth living in low-resourced communities are at high risk for bullying victimization which is positively associated with suicidal ideation. This study explored whether positive future orientation mediated the relationship between bullying victimization and suicidal ideation. This study engaged 627 African American adolescents and measured bullying victimization, internalizing problems, suicidal ideation, future orientation, and several covariates. Major[…]

African American youth suicide: Report to Congress

Congress requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit a report examining reasons for why Black children aged 5 to 12 are dying by suicide at nearly twice the rate of their White counterparts. To supplement the limited research that investigated reasons for higher suicide rates in Black children compared to White[…]

Suicide in African American adolescents: Understanding risk by studying resilience

Historically, suicide rates for African American adolescents have been low,relative to rates for youth of other racial-ethnic backgrounds. Since 2001, however, suicide rates among African American adolescents have escalated: Suicide is now the third leading cause of death for African American adolescents. This disturbing trend warrants focused research on suicide etiology and manifestation in African[…]

Ring the alarm: The crisis of black youth suicide in America

Over the last several years, data has emerged indicating an alarming increase in the suicide rates for Black children and teenagers over the past generation. While research has also shown climbing rates for youth from other racial and ethnic groups, this trend in Black youth runs counter to historical data showing lower rates of suicide[…]