Cultural considerations in adolescent suicide prevention and psychosocial treatment.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Ethnic groups differ in rates of suicidal behaviors among youths, the context within which suicidal behavior occurs (e.g., different precipitants, vulnerability and protective factors, and reactions to suicidal behaviors), and patterns of help-seeking. In this article, the authors discuss the cultural context of suicidal behavior among African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Latino adolescents, and the implications of these contexts for suicide prevention and treatment. Several cross-cutting issues are discussed, including acculturative stress and protective factors within cultures; the roles of religion and spirituality and the family in culturally sensitive interventions; different manifestations and interpretations of distress in different cultures; and the impact of stigma and cultural distrust on help-seeking. The needs for culturally sensitive and community- based interventions are discussed, along with future opportunities for research in intervention development and evaluation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goldston, DB; Molock, SD; Whitbeck, LB; Murakami, JL; Zayas, LH; Hall, GCN

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 14 - 31

PubMed ID

  • 18193978

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2662358

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-066X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0003-066X.63.1.14


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States