Neighborhood belonging and thoughts of death among Hispanics in the United States

Objective: Suicide rates among Hispanics in the United States have steadily risen over the last 2 decades, especially among youth and adults in midlife. Social disconnection (low belonging) is associated with suicidal ideation; however, little is known about the demographic and social factors that impact a sense of belonging among Hispanic adults in midlife. The current […]

The feasibility and acceptability of using smartphones to assess suicide risk among Spanish-speaking adult outpatients

Objective Hispanic/Latino adults, particularly Spanish speakers, are underserved in mental healthcare, and little is known about the day-to-day variation in their suicide risk. Smartphones have the potential to overcome geographical and linguistic barriers to mental health assessment and intervention. The purpose of the current study was to examine (a) the feasibility/acceptability of smartphone-based ecological momentary […]

Suicide and suicidal behaviors among minoritized youth

Suicide is among the leading causes of death for American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, black, Hispanic, and multiracial youth. Although recent data suggest increasing trends in  suicide and suicidal behaviors among minoritized populations, limited research is available to understand these trends. Emerging data regarding suicidal ideation, attempts, and suicide deaths suggest increasing  trends among […]

Ethnic identity and suicide risk among Hispanic/Latinx young adults: The impact of perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness

Hispanic/Latinx college students experience SI/behaviors at high rates, yet there is a dearth of research on suicide risk and sociocultural correlates of suicide risk among Hispanic/Latinx individuals. This study examined the impact of ethnic identity on suicide risk among 63 Hispanic/Latinx young adults. Further, we tested a model in which ethnic identity is integrated into […]

Perceived discrimination and suicide ideation: Moderating roles of anxiety symptoms and ethnic identity among Asian American, African American, and Hispanic emerging adults

Suicide is a leading cause of death for vulnerable ethnic minority emerging adults in the United States (Web‐based injury statistics query and reporting system [WISQARS], 2015). Perceived discrimination (Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 2011, 1465) and anxiety symptoms (Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 2010, 18) are two predictors that are theoretically and conceptually related, but […]

Treatment narratives of suicidal Latina teens.

In this article, we examine the treatment narratives of Latina adolescent suicide attempters to understand their experiences undergoing care. For this study, we conducted content and thematic analysis of 68 interviews with Latina adolescent suicide attempters. Most teens who described positive experiences undergoing treatment (n = 39, 44.1%) did so when discussing outpatient mental health services (n = 30, […]

Suicidal ideation in juvenile arrestees: Exploring legal and temporal factors.

Mental health screening data (Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument version 2 [MAYSI-2]) and offense history were used to study levels of suicidal ideation in a sample of juvenile arrestees held in a large, urban detention center located in a predominately Hispanic Southwestern U.S. city. We used t-tests and multinomial logistic regression to examine the relationships with […]

Familias Unidas’ crossover effects on suicidal behaviors among Hispanic adolescents: Results from an effectiveness trial.

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Latino and Latina adolescents’ help-seeking behaviors and attitudes regarding suicide compared to peers with recent suicidal ideation.

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Rates of homicide-followed-by-suicide among white, African American, and Hispanic men.

Highlights NVDRS is the only data differentiating HFBS from other suicides. African American and Hispanic men were more likely to die in HFBS event than Whites. Prevention efforts should recognize the importance of racial and ethnic differences. HFBS events need to be identified, monitored, and better understood to be prevented.

Silence is not golden: Invisible Latinas living with HIV in the Midwest.


Depression outcomes of Spanish- and English-speaking Hispanic outpatients in the STAR*D.

Compared with English-speaking Hispanic patients, Spanish-speaking Hispanic patients may have a less robust response to antidepressants. The reasons for this are not clear but may include more disadvantaged social status. The degree to which these results can be generalized to other Hispanic populations or to other non-English-speaking groups remains to be seen. Contact us for […]

Associations between risk behaviors and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts: do racial/ethnic variations in associations account for increased risk of suicidal behaviors among Hispanic/Latina 9th- to 12th-grade female students?


Polydrug use and attempted suicide among Hispanic adolescents in Puerto Rico.


Religion and suicidal ideation in a sample of Latin American immigrants.


Completed suicides in Colorado: Differences between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic whites.


The Spanish reasons for living inventory(SRFL-I):Factor structure with suicide risk among Spanish speaking Hispanics.

The present study examined the factor structure of a Spanish-translated version of the Reasons for Living Inventory (SRFL-I; Oquendo, Baca-Garcia, Graver et al., 2000). Participants (N = 168) were from a combined sample of bilingual undergraduate students and monolingual Spanish speaking outpatients at a community health center. Factor analytic results yielded a seven factor structure: […]

Familism, family environment, and suicide attempts among Latina youth.

In this study, we examined the relationship between familism and family environment type as well as the relationship between family environment type and suicide attempts among Latina youth. Latina teen attempters (n = 109) and nonattempters (n = 107) were recruited from the New York City area. Latent class analysis revealed three family environment types: […]

Hispanic Female Adolescents’ use of Illicit Drugs and the Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

The association between female adolescents in high school who use illicit drugs & seriously consider attempting suicide was examined. Data were analyzed from the 2003 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. Variables for suicidal thoughts, illicit drugs, & covariables were chosen to explore the association. Seriously considering attempting suicide was associated with Hispanics, suburban youth, use […]

Perceived Burdensomeness, Familism, and Suicidal Ideation Among Mexican Women: Enhancing Understanding of Risk and Protective Factors

The interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide & a culturally-relevant construct, familism, was used to examine predictors of suicide ideation among Mexican & Mexican American women in the United States. A sense of perceived burdensomeness toward others was expected to significantly predict suicide ideation, especially among women who endorsed high levels of familism. 73 outpatients completed self-report […]

Latinas attempting suicide:when cultures, families and daughters collide.


The Relation Between Physical Activity and Mental Health Among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Adolescents

This study assessed the relation of physical activity with feelings of sadness & suicidal thoughts & behaviours among Hispanic & non-Hispanic white adolescents. 1870 Texas adolescents, ages 14-18, attending high school in Neuces County participated. More boys reported participating in physical activity than girls & more girls than boys reported feelings of sadness & considering […]

Why do so Many Latina Teens Attempt Suicide? A Conceptual Model for Research