ERIC Number: EJ1027408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Aspirations of Latina Adolescent Suicide Attempters
Hausmann-Stabile, Carolina; Gulbas, Lauren; Zayas, Luis H.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v35 n3 p390-406 Aug 2013
Parents' aspirations and expectations are communicated to their offspring. Children internalize their parents' aspirations and accept some of the expectations while rejecting others, all part of the developmental process and identity-consolidation. When the aspirations and expectations of youth and parents are incongruent, the outcomes in youths' behavior can be deleterious, such as when adolescents manifest suicidal behaviors. We examined aspirations expressed by 12 Latina adolescent suicide attempters and their parents and compared them to 12 nonsuicidal Latinas and parents. Qualitative analyses revealed that incongruence of aspirations between girls and their parents were greater among suicidal teens. Suicidal and nonsuicidal Latinas presented contrasting aspirations: the former on gaining independence and the latter on completing their education and pursuing careers. Findings may inform developmental research and ways in which clinicians and policymakers can help Latinas achieve their own and their parents' aspirations.
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Suicide, Intention, Hispanic American Students, Parent Aspiration, Student Educational Objectives, Cohort Analysis, Qualitative Research, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Congruence (Psychology), Academic Aspiration, Empowerment, Occupational Aspiration, Attribution Theory
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