ERIC Number: EJ966247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Familism, Family Environment, and Suicide Attempts among Latina Youth
Pena, Juan B.; Kuhlberg, Jill A.; Zayas, Luis H.; Baumann, Ana A.; Gulbas, Lauren; Hausmann-Stabile, Carolina; Nolle, Allyson P.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v41 n3 p330-341 Jun 2011
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: tight-knit, intermediate-knit, and loose-knit. Tight-knit families (high cohesion and low conflict) were significantly less likely to have teens who attempted suicide as compared with intermediate-knit families or loose-knit families. Moreover, familism increased the odds of being in a tight-knit family versus a loose-knit family and the odds of being in a tight-knit family versus a intermediate-knit. The results suggest that familism may protect against suicide behavior among Latinas via its influence on family environment.
Descriptors: Suicide, Family Environment, Hispanic Americans, Psychological Patterns, Females, Correlation, Family Relationship, Adolescents, Urban Areas, Conflict
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Identifiers - Location: New York