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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2014 Oct;44(5):548-59. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12089. Epub 2014 Apr 1.

Perceived racism and suicide ideation: mediating role of depression but moderating role of religiosity among African American adults.

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Dept. of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA.


Suicide is a public health problem for African Americans who are young and of working age. The purpose of this study was to examine mediated and moderated effects of perceived racism on suicide ideation in a community sample of 236 African American men and women. Measures of suicide ideation, depression symptoms, intrinsic/extrinsic religiosity, and perceived racism were administered. Perceived racial discrimination was directly and indirectly associated with suicide ideation. For participants who reported low levels of extrinsic religiosity, the mediated effect of perceived racism (via depression symptoms) was significant. These findings provide some insight into suicide vulnerability for specific subgroups of African Americans.

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