Year: 2008 Source: Gerontologist, v.48, no.1, (February 2008), p.71-78 SIEC No: 20090573

This study used epidemiological data of older African Americans & Caucasians living in Brooklyn, New York to compare those factors associated with active or passive suicide ideation in each group. Using 1990 census data, a sample of 214 whites & 860 blacks was assembled. Whites reported higher prevalence than blacks for current suicidality & lifetime suicidality. None of the differences were significant in logistic regression analysis conducted for each group. 4 variables were associated with suicidality in both groups: higher depressive symptom scores, coping by using medication, higher anxiety symptom scores, & lower religiosity. (34 refs.)