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Familism, parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, internalizing behaviors and suicide attempts among adolescent Latinas.
Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2010 Aug; 41(4):425-40.CP

Abstract

Adolescent Latinas continue to report higher levels of suicide attempts than their African-American and White peers. The phenomenon is still not understood and is theorized to be the result of the confluence of many cultural, familial, and individual level factors. In Latino cultures, belief in the importance of the family, the value known as familism, appears to protect youth's emotional and behavioral health, but parent-adolescent conflict has been found to be a risk factor for suicide attempts. The role of familism in relation to parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, internalizing behaviors, and suicide attempts has not been studied extensively. To address this question, we interviewed 226 adolescent Latinas, 50% of whom had histories of suicide attempts. Using path analysis, familism as a cultural asset was associated with lower levels of parent-adolescent conflict, but higher levels of internalizing behaviors, while self-esteem and internalizing behaviors mediated the relationship between parent-adolescent conflict and suicide attempts. Our findings point to the importance of family involvement in culturally competent suicide prevention and intervention programs. Reducing parent-daughter conflict and fostering closer family ties has the added effect of improving self-esteem and shrinking the likelihood of suicide attempts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1196, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA. jkuhlberg@wustl.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20309625

Citation

Kuhlberg, Jill A., et al. "Familism, Parent-adolescent Conflict, Self-esteem, Internalizing Behaviors and Suicide Attempts Among Adolescent Latinas." Child Psychiatry and Human Development, vol. 41, no. 4, 2010, pp. 425-40.
Kuhlberg JA, Peña JB, Zayas LH. Familism, parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, internalizing behaviors and suicide attempts among adolescent Latinas. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2010;41(4):425-40.
Kuhlberg, J. A., Peña, J. B., & Zayas, L. H. (2010). Familism, parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, internalizing behaviors and suicide attempts among adolescent Latinas. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 41(4), 425-40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-010-0179-0
Kuhlberg JA, Peña JB, Zayas LH. Familism, Parent-adolescent Conflict, Self-esteem, Internalizing Behaviors and Suicide Attempts Among Adolescent Latinas. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2010;41(4):425-40. PubMed PMID: 20309625.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Familism, parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, internalizing behaviors and suicide attempts among adolescent Latinas. AU - Kuhlberg,Jill A, AU - Peña,Juan B, AU - Zayas,Luis H, PY - 2010/3/24/entrez PY - 2010/3/24/pubmed PY - 2010/10/13/medline SP - 425 EP - 40 JF - Child psychiatry and human development JO - Child Psychiatry Hum Dev VL - 41 IS - 4 N2 - Adolescent Latinas continue to report higher levels of suicide attempts than their African-American and White peers. The phenomenon is still not understood and is theorized to be the result of the confluence of many cultural, familial, and individual level factors. In Latino cultures, belief in the importance of the family, the value known as familism, appears to protect youth's emotional and behavioral health, but parent-adolescent conflict has been found to be a risk factor for suicide attempts. The role of familism in relation to parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, internalizing behaviors, and suicide attempts has not been studied extensively. To address this question, we interviewed 226 adolescent Latinas, 50% of whom had histories of suicide attempts. Using path analysis, familism as a cultural asset was associated with lower levels of parent-adolescent conflict, but higher levels of internalizing behaviors, while self-esteem and internalizing behaviors mediated the relationship between parent-adolescent conflict and suicide attempts. Our findings point to the importance of family involvement in culturally competent suicide prevention and intervention programs. Reducing parent-daughter conflict and fostering closer family ties has the added effect of improving self-esteem and shrinking the likelihood of suicide attempts. SN - 1573-3327 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20309625/Familism_parent_adolescent_conflict_self_esteem_internalizing_behaviors_and_suicide_attempts_among_adolescent_Latinas_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-010-0179-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -