Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. Research shows Hispanic adolescents report disproportionate rates of both suicidal ideation and attempts. The purpose of the current study was twofold. First, the current study aimed to document the presence of suicidal ideation and self-harm behavior in a large, heterogeneous sample of Hispanic adolescents. Second, this study sought to identify specific and unique culturally relevant stressors that were associated with the higher self reported suicidal thoughts and self-harm among Hispanic males and females separately. Results of both rates and culture-related stressors that associated with the high rates suicidal ideation are presented. For males, Acculturation Gap stress was associated with suicidal thoughts and Discrimination Stress was associated with both suicidal thoughts and self-harm behavior.
Sitting at a wobbly table in the back room of Enlace Chicago, a privately funded violence prevention agency in Little Village , year-old April slumped in her chair and buried her face in her hands. A curtain of jet-black bangs fell across her knuckles. Her nails were bitten to nubs. She said nothing.