Suicide prevention in the Americas

The Americas encompass the entirety of the continents of North America and South America, representing 49 countries. Together, they make up most of Earth’s western hemisphere. The population is over 1 billion (2006 figure), with over 65 % living in one of the three most populated countries (the United States, Brazil, and Mexico). The Americas […]

Latina adolescent suicide ideations and attempts: associations with connectedness to parents, peers, and teachers.

Associations between suicidal behavior and social-ecological variables were examined among 1,618 Latina high school students (mean age = 15) from the nationally representative Add Health sample (68% were U.S.-born). Ideations were associated with having a suicidal friend, lower perceived father support, and overall parental caring. Attempts were associated with having a suicidal friend, and lower […]

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: […]

Suicide and Undetermined Deaths Among Youths and Young Adults in Latin America. Comparisons With the 10 Major Developed Countries – a Source of Hidden Suicides?


Intercultural Suicide Prevention Project Evaluation

Strengthening Community/Fortaleciendo la Comunidad: a Suicide Prevention Workshop for the Latin American Community 2nd Edition

Living Conditions of Elderly People in Developing Countries With Special Reference to Latin-America: Psychological and Sociological Aspects

This paper discusses the problems facing the elderly in developing nations. The situation of Latin American elderly is described, such as extreme poverty, loss of status, social isolation & increasing urbanization. States that living conditions are high loaded with suicidality for the elderly in Latin America. Discusses important aspects of the stress, biographic & personal […]

Mortality From Accidents and Violence in the Americas

The analysis in this article is based on mortality data from all countries in North America, Latin America, & the Carribean for various time periods since the early 1960s. Tables portray trends in the percentage of registered deaths due to external causes, trends in age-adjusted death rates from externa; mortality causes by sex; & percentage […]

The Effects on Children and Adolescents of Parents’ Excessive Drinking: an International Review

Reviews findings from several countries relative to the effect of parental alcoholism on children & adolescents. Evidence indicates that parental drinking markedly increases health risks including diminished intellectual capacity & development, increased neuroticism, & a wide range of psychological & behavioral disorders. Long-term adverse consequences include substance abuse, criminality, suicide, depression, personality disorders, & abstaining […]

The Public Image of Suicide: Attitudes Toward Suicide & Mental Illness

A research study on attitudes of the general population toward mental illness has been ongoing for over a 14 year period. The purpose was to help promote change, fight prejudice within family structures & hopefully promote positive attitudes within the community. The study consisted of interviews in which Questionnaire of Attitudes Toward Mental Illness (QAMI) […]