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Death Stud. 2013 Mar;37(3):228-47.

Examining suicide protective factors among black college students.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301, USA. mwang@uncfsu.edu
  • 2Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
  • 3Department of Psychology, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to contribute to the nascent literature on resilience and suicidality among Black Americans by examining factors that may predict less suicidal behavior among this population. The authors hypothesized that reasons for living, life satisfaction, and religious awareness would account for unique variance in suicidal thoughts and behavior among Black Americans, above the variance accounted for by depressive symptoms. They also hypothesized that reasons for living and religious awareness would be stronger inverse predictors among Black women than Black men. Results indicated that both depression and life satisfaction were stronger predictors of suicidal behavior among Black men. Among women, only reasons for living was a significant inverse predictor of suicidal thoughts and behavior. More frequent reasons for living moderated the relationship between depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior among Black women.

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