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Are suicide attempts by young Latinas a cultural idiom of distress?
Transcult Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 49(5):718-34.TP

Abstract

The high rates of suicide attempts among adolescent Hispanic females in the United States have been well established by epidemiological and clinical studies. In this paper, we review the research history of Latina suicide attempts and their characteristics. Then we apply multi-faceted conceptual and empirical criteria found in the anthropological and psychiatric literature about cultural idioms of distress to the suicide attempts of young Latinas. We contrast the suicide-attempt phenomenon to the well-known ataque de nervios and propose that the phenomenon may reflect a developmental or cultural variant of the ataque. The attempt-as-idiom proposition is intended to invite discussion that can deepen our understanding of the cultural roots of the suicide attempts and their possible designation as cultural idiom. Establishing the meaning of suicide attempts within a cultural perspective can assist psychological and psychiatric research and clinical interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 1925 San Jacinto Blvd STOP D3500, Austin, Texas 78712-0358, USA. lzayas@austin.utexas.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23075802

Citation

Zayas, Luis H., and Lauren E. Gulbas. "Are Suicide Attempts By Young Latinas a Cultural Idiom of Distress?" Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 49, no. 5, 2012, pp. 718-34.
Zayas LH, Gulbas LE. Are suicide attempts by young Latinas a cultural idiom of distress? Transcult Psychiatry. 2012;49(5):718-34.
Zayas, L. H., & Gulbas, L. E. (2012). Are suicide attempts by young Latinas a cultural idiom of distress? Transcultural Psychiatry, 49(5), 718-34. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461512463262
Zayas LH, Gulbas LE. Are Suicide Attempts By Young Latinas a Cultural Idiom of Distress. Transcult Psychiatry. 2012;49(5):718-34. PubMed PMID: 23075802.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are suicide attempts by young Latinas a cultural idiom of distress? AU - Zayas,Luis H, AU - Gulbas,Lauren E, Y1 - 2012/10/16/ PY - 2012/10/19/entrez PY - 2012/10/19/pubmed PY - 2014/4/30/medline SP - 718 EP - 34 JF - Transcultural psychiatry JO - Transcult Psychiatry VL - 49 IS - 5 N2 - The high rates of suicide attempts among adolescent Hispanic females in the United States have been well established by epidemiological and clinical studies. In this paper, we review the research history of Latina suicide attempts and their characteristics. Then we apply multi-faceted conceptual and empirical criteria found in the anthropological and psychiatric literature about cultural idioms of distress to the suicide attempts of young Latinas. We contrast the suicide-attempt phenomenon to the well-known ataque de nervios and propose that the phenomenon may reflect a developmental or cultural variant of the ataque. The attempt-as-idiom proposition is intended to invite discussion that can deepen our understanding of the cultural roots of the suicide attempts and their possible designation as cultural idiom. Establishing the meaning of suicide attempts within a cultural perspective can assist psychological and psychiatric research and clinical interventions. SN - 1461-7471 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23075802/Are_suicide_attempts_by_young_Latinas_a_cultural_idiom_of_distress L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1363461512463262?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -