The authors wish to acknowledge the National Institute on Drug Abuse for project support (R01 DA010446 (PI: Latkin)) and training support of S. Janet Kuramoto (F31DA0263182). This work was performed while S. Janet Kuramoto was a student at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The authors appreciate the American Association of Suicidology for the opportunity to present this work at the 44th Annual Conference as a recipient of the Morton M. Silverman Student Award.
Social Integration and Suicide-Related Ideation from a Social Network Perspective: A Longitudinal Study among Inner-City African Americans
Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
© 2013 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 366–378, August 2013
How to Cite
Janet Kuramoto, S., Wilcox, H. C. and Latkin, C. A. (2013), Social Integration and Suicide-Related Ideation from a Social Network Perspective: A Longitudinal Study among Inner-City African Americans. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 43: 366–378. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12023
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 25 JAN 2013
Social network density, as measured by the extent to which network members know each other, was examined to determine whether it is associated with suicide-related ideation and plan approximately 3 years later. Eight hundred and nineteen African Americans were interviewed at Wave 1 (1997–1999) and Wave 4 (2001–2003) of the Self-Help In Eliminating Life-Threatening Diseases (SHIELD) study, a HIV preventive intervention study in Baltimore, MD. Multinomial logistic regression models were used to compare risks of suicide-related ideation and plan at Wave 4 by Wave 1 density. Even after adjusting for baseline sociodemographic characteristics and depressive symptoms, individuals with a lower level of density were three times more likely to report suicide-related ideation and plan in the past year at Wave 4. The findings reinforce the importance of social integration among inner-city African Americans from a social network perspective. Future research should examine the mechanisms associated with this relationship and other social network constructs.