This research was supported in part by a Ronald McDonald House Foundation grant and an NIMH RO1 grant for the Youth Support Team Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents, both awarded to Cheryl A. King. Additional support was provided by an NIMH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research awarded to Christopher Merchant. We are grateful for the contributions of intervention specialists, independent evaluators, research assistants, and the participating adolescents and their parents/guardians. We acknowledge Barbara Hanna and Kenneth Guire for their support in data preparation, Paul Quinlan for his ongoing psychiatric consultation, and Jean Pletcher for her administrative assistance.
Predictors of Multiple Suicide Attempts among Suicidal Black Adolescents
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
2009 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 115–124, April 2009
How to Cite
Merchant, C., Kramer, A., Joe, S., Venkataraman, S. and King, C. A. (2009), Predictors of Multiple Suicide Attempts among Suicidal Black Adolescents. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 39: 115–124. doi: 10.1521/suli.2009.39.2.115
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: April 30, 2008 Revision Accepted: May 30, 2008
Psychopathology, social support, and interpersonal orientation were studied in relation to suicide attempt status in acutely suicidal, psychiatrically hospitalized Black adolescents and a matched sample of White adolescents. In the total sample, multiple attempters were differentiated by lower perceived support. Within the Black youth subsample, social comparison and positive stimulation from others differentiated multiple attempters from single attempters/ideators. Only suicidal ideation predicted multiple attempts among White youth and only higher interpersonal orientation predicted multiple suicide attempts within Black adolescents.