Familial factors related to suicidal ideation of Latina adolescents in the United States. Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to examine whether a Latina adolescent's perception of mother connectedness, father connectedness, parental caring, autonomy granting from parents, and parental interest in their child's school life predicts suicidal ideation above and beyond known risk factors of adolescent depression and acculturation. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) Wave 1, 2 secondary logistic regression data analyses were conducted on a sample of 345 Latina adolescents. Results of correlational analyses indicated that perceived mother connectedness, father connectedness, parental caring, and academic interest were positively related; depression and nativity were negatively related to reports of suicidal ideation. Additionally, in a model with adolescents who reported having both a mother and father figure present in their life, depression and academic interest were significant predictors of suicidal ideation. In a second model, which included all Latinas regardless of the presence of both parents, depression, nativity, perceived academic interest, and caring were significant predictors. Implications are discussed for suicide prevention and intervention with Latina adolescents.

published proceedings

  • Arch Suicide Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Pia-Watson, B., Castillo, L. G., Rodriguez, K. M., & Ray, S.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • PiƱa-Watson, Brandy||Castillo, Linda G||Rodriguez, Kimberly M||Ray, Sara

publication date

  • April 2014