The Boston Youth Survey 2006 (BYS) was funded by a grant from the CDC/NCIPC (U49CE00740) to the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center (David Hemenway, Principal Investigator). The BYS was conducted in collaboration with the City of Boston and Mayor Thomas M. Menino and with the Boston Public Health Commission. The survey would not have been possible without the participation of the faculty, staff, administrators, and students of the Boston Public Schools. Support for this work also came from CONACYT and Fundacion Mexico en Harvard grants to Guilherme Borges for a scholar affiliation at Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health. We appreciate the assistance of Mary Vriniotis with data collection and management.
Immigration, Suicidal Ideation and Deliberate Self-Injury in the Boston Youth Survey 2006
Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2011
© 2011 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 193–202, April 2011
How to Cite
Borges, G., Azrael, D., Almeida, J., Johnson, R. M., Molnar, B. E., Hemenway, D. and Miller, M. (2011), Immigration, Suicidal Ideation and Deliberate Self-Injury in the Boston Youth Survey 2006. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 41: 193–202. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2010.00016.x
- Issue online: 6 APR 2011
- Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: February 9, 2010, Revision Accepted: May 4, 2010
The prevalence and immigration-related correlates of deliberate self-injury (DSI) and suicidal ideation (SI) were estimated in a sample of Boston public high school students in 2006. Compared with U.S.-born youth, immigrant youth were not at increased risk for DSI or SI, even if they had experienced discrimination due to their ancestry. By contrast, U.S.-born youth who reported having been discriminated against because of their ancestry had an increased risk of deliberate self-injury (odds ratio [OR] = 3.1, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.6–5.9) and suicidal ideation (OR = 2.1, 95% CI = 1.2–3.8). The combination of being U.S.-born and experiencing ancestry-based discrimination identifies youth at increased risk for suicidal behavior.