Ethnic, Gender, and Age Differences in Adolescent Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviors

Andrew J. Supple, Kelly Graves, Stephanie Daniel, Lisa Kiang, Jinni Su, Alyson M. Cavanaugh

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This study examined ethnic differences in adolescent nonfatal suicidal behaviors as well as age and gender variation both across and within ethnic groups. Using a large (n = 14, 346) sample of adolescents in Grades 7 through 12, African Americans reported relatively high rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts and Southeast Asians reported high rates of suicidal thoughts. Hispanic Americans, European Americans, and Asian Americans were similar in their reports of nonfatal suicidal behaviors. Gender differences also varied across ethnicity as Southeast Asian boys (particularly older boys) reported more suicidal thoughts and attempts than Southeast Asian girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-847
Number of pages18
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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