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Sacrifice for the sake of the family: expressions of familism by Latina teens in the context of suicide.
Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012 Jul; 82(3):319-27.AJ

Abstract

Familism is a core value promoted by many individuals of Hispanic or Latino descent that emphasizes the primacy of the family over the individual. This study illuminates some aspects of the relationship between familism and adolescent suicidal behavior. Qualitative data from 24 female Hispanic teens with and without a history of suicidal behaviors and their parents were analyzed to understand the ways in which familism is expressed in their lives. Both suicide attempters and nonattempters demonstrate familism by making material or emotional (or both) sacrifices for the sake of their families. However, for those attempters who expressed a clear intent to die, a third type of sacrifice emerged: Girls expressed a desire to kill themselves in order to make things better for their families, literally sacrificing themselves for the sake of family. Findings point to the complexity of familism in understanding the risks of suicide attempts among teen Latinas and to the value of mixed methods in studying deeply the cultural factors that influence problem behaviors.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Latino Family Research, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1196, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA. allysonpnolle@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22880970

Citation

Nolle, Allyson P., et al. "Sacrifice for the Sake of the Family: Expressions of Familism By Latina Teens in the Context of Suicide." The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, vol. 82, no. 3, 2012, pp. 319-27.
Nolle AP, Gulbas L, Kuhlberg JA, et al. Sacrifice for the sake of the family: expressions of familism by Latina teens in the context of suicide. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012;82(3):319-27.
Nolle, A. P., Gulbas, L., Kuhlberg, J. A., & Zayas, L. H. (2012). Sacrifice for the sake of the family: expressions of familism by Latina teens in the context of suicide. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(3), 319-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01166.x
Nolle AP, et al. Sacrifice for the Sake of the Family: Expressions of Familism By Latina Teens in the Context of Suicide. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012;82(3):319-27. PubMed PMID: 22880970.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sacrifice for the sake of the family: expressions of familism by Latina teens in the context of suicide. AU - Nolle,Allyson P, AU - Gulbas,Lauren, AU - Kuhlberg,Jill A, AU - Zayas,Luis H, PY - 2012/8/14/entrez PY - 2012/8/14/pubmed PY - 2012/12/22/medline SP - 319 EP - 27 JF - The American journal of orthopsychiatry JO - Am J Orthopsychiatry VL - 82 IS - 3 N2 - Familism is a core value promoted by many individuals of Hispanic or Latino descent that emphasizes the primacy of the family over the individual. This study illuminates some aspects of the relationship between familism and adolescent suicidal behavior. Qualitative data from 24 female Hispanic teens with and without a history of suicidal behaviors and their parents were analyzed to understand the ways in which familism is expressed in their lives. Both suicide attempters and nonattempters demonstrate familism by making material or emotional (or both) sacrifices for the sake of their families. However, for those attempters who expressed a clear intent to die, a third type of sacrifice emerged: Girls expressed a desire to kill themselves in order to make things better for their families, literally sacrificing themselves for the sake of family. Findings point to the complexity of familism in understanding the risks of suicide attempts among teen Latinas and to the value of mixed methods in studying deeply the cultural factors that influence problem behaviors. SN - 1939-0025 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22880970/Sacrifice_for_the_sake_of_the_family:_expressions_of_familism_by_Latina_teens_in_the_context_of_suicide_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/ort/82/3/319 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -