ERIC Number: EJ785841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
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Are Mexican American Adolescents at Greater Risk of Suicidal Behaviors?
Roberts, Robert E.; Roberts, Catherine Ramsay; Xing, Yun
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n1 p10-21 Feb 2007
A reexamination of ethnicity as a risk factor for adolescent suicidal behavior, focusing on whether Mexican American youths are at increased risk, was undertaken. Data from a sample of 4,175 African, European, and Mexican Americans, aged 11-17, are presented. We examined lifetime attempts and past year attempts, thoughts, and plans. Odds ratios, adjusting for covariates, indicate no differences between European and Mexican Americans on past year thoughts, plans, or attempts or lifetime attempts. Although some studies have reported Mexican American youths are at increased risk, we did not find any differences. Possible explanations for disparate results across studies are discussed, in particular methods effects.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Suicide, At Risk Persons, Ethnicity, Racial Differences, Adolescents, Whites, African Americans, Psychological Patterns, Research Methodology, Comparative Analysis
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