Year: 2010 Source: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, v.55, no.5, (May 2010), p.274-281 SIEC No: 20100461

This review aimed to present studies of the prevalence of suicidal behaviour in immigrant youth in various countries & to provide possible explanations for suicidal behaviour in these youth, especially regarding acculturation. There are few studies & most of the research does not differentiate ethnic minorities from immigrants. The relation between immigration status & suicidal behaviours in youth appears to vary by ethnicity & country of settlement. Time spent in the new country as well as intergenerational communication & conflicts with parents have, in many of the studies, been related to suicidality in immigrant youth. There is a clear & urgent need for further work in this field. (58 refs.) JA