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NCJ Number: 229976 Find in a Library
Title: Parental Suicidality as a Risk Factor for Delinquency Among Hispanic Youth
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:March 2010  Pages:315-325
Author(s): Wesley G. Jennings; Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina; Alex R. Piquero; Glorisa Canino
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Child Health Policy
Gainesville, FL 32608
National Ctr on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: RO1 MH56401; P20 MD000537-01
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between parental suicidality and juvenile delinquency in a large sample of Hispanic youth socialized in two different cultural contexts, Bronx, NY, and San Juan, PR.
Abstract: Several studies have examined the factors associated with juvenile delinquency, but this literature remains limited largely because it has not moved beyond traditional factors generally and because of the lack of research conducted on minority - specially Hispanic - youth. This study seeks to overcome these 2 limitations by using data from a longitudinal study of 2,491 Hispanic (Puerto Rican) youth ages 5-13 (48.5 percent female) socialized in 2 different cultural contexts, Bronx, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in an effort to examine the relationship between parental suicidality and offspring delinquency. Results indicate that while traditional risk/protective factors and parental mental health issues relate to delinquency in expected ways, youths whose parents attempted suicide engaged in more frequent and varied delinquency over time. Implications for theory and future research are addressed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Hispanic Americans; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Parental influence; Parental liability; Psychological victimization effects; Puerto Ricans; Suicide; Suicide prevention
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