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Latinas Attempting SuicideWhen Cultures, Families, and Daughters Collide$
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Luis H. Zayas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734726.001.0001

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Anatomy of the Suicide Attempt

Anatomy of the Suicide Attempt

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(p.111) 6 Anatomy of the Suicide Attempt
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Latinas Attempting Suicide
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Luis H. Zayas (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734726.003.0006

Sociologists have shown that the rate of Latina suicide attempts is above average for American youth, however, we lack sociologic criteria for further distinguishing Latina suicide attempters from Latina nonattempters. Explanations of sociologic factors in Latina suicide, such as economic hardship, relocation, and acculturation, cannot fully resolve the public health issue of Latina suicide. A psychologic approach may illuminate additional contributing factors. For example, one study suggested a pattern of distress followed by an acute interpersonal conflict precedes a suicide attempt in some Latinas. Many of the Latina suicide attempters reported that at the time of their attempt, they were extremely frustrated with family members who were unreceptive to their attempts at communication. Psychology may be able to glean subtle factors contributing to suicide attempts in the Latina individual.

Keywords:   psychologic factors, family turmoil, family environment, frustrated communication, coping

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