Familial Predictors of Latina Adolescent Suicidal Ideation

Brandy Watson, Linda G. Castillo, Kimberly M. Rodriguez, Sara Ray

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine whether an adolescent’s perception of mother connectedness, father connectedness, parental caring, autonomy granting from parents, and parental interest in their child's school life predicts suicidal ideation above and beyond known risk factors of adolescent depression and acculturation. Methods: Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) Wave 1, two secondary logistic regression data analyses were conducted on a sample of 345 Latina adolescents. Results: Results of correlational analyses indicated that perceived mother connectedness, father connectedness, parental caring, and academic interest were positively related; depression and nativity were negatively related to reports of suicidal ideation. Additionally, in a model with adolescents who reported having both a mother and father figure present in their life, depression and academic interest were significant predictors of suicidal ideation. In a sec
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-220
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
StatePublished - 2014


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