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Psychol Rep. 1999 Aug;85(1):171-7.

Religion and suicidal ideation in a sample of Latin American immigrants.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, OH 43606, USA.


The present study explored the association of measures of religious activities and suicidal ideation in a sample of adult Latin American immigrants (145 women, 56 men). No relationship was found between religious affiliation and suicidal ideation. Self-perception of religiosity, influence of religion, and church attendance were significantly negatively associated with suicidal ideation. A multiple regression analysis showed that influence of religion was a significant predictor of suicidal ideation. The present findings lend empirical support to the notion that high religiosity may play a protective role against suicide.

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