Adolescent Suicidal Trajectories through Young Adulthood: Prospective Assessment of Religiosity and Psychosocial Factors among a Population-Based Sample in the United States

Citation

Nkansah-Amankra, Stephen (2013). Adolescent Suicidal Trajectories through Young Adulthood: Prospective Assessment of Religiosity and Psychosocial Factors among a Population-Based Sample in the United States. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. vol. 43 (4) pp. 439-459 , PMCID: PMC4140945

Abstract

The main objective was to identify distinct patterns of suicidal behaviors over the life course from adolescence to young adulthood and to determine influences of religiosity and other contextual factors on subgroup membership. Semiparametric growth mixture models were used to identify distinct clusters of suicide ideation and suicide attempt trajectories, and generalized estimating equations were used to assess individual and contextual characteristics predicting suicidal behaviors in adolescence and in young adulthood. Distinct trajectories of suicide ideation and suicide attempt were identified for the total sample and for the gender groups. Results showed marked gender differences in the trajectory of suicide ideation and attempt patterns. Religiosity effects on suicidality were prominent in adolescence but not in young adulthood. Analysis showed that an important window of opportunity for preventing the escalation of suicidality exists during the early adolescent period, an opportunity that should be emphasized in interventions on adolescence suicide prevention.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12029

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Author(s)

Nkansah-Amankra, Stephen

Year Published

2013

Volume Number

43

Issue Number

4

Pages

439-459

ISSN/ISBN

1943-278X

DOI

10.1111/sltb.12029

PMCID

PMC4140945

NIHMSID

NIHMS457564

Reference ID

4467