Life is Precious: Academic-Community Partnership to Reduce Suicidal Behavior in Latina Adolescents
Jennifer Humensky, Ph.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute
2013 Pilot Research Grant
Inside the Research
Bio: Dr. Humensky received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2009. She is currently Research Director at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Research Categories: Community Intervention Study; Psychosocial studies; clinical treatment studies
Abstract: Latina adolescents have been found to experience more suicidal ideation and behavior than their non-Latina peers. In Latina families there is a strong value placed on family and allegiance to family. Commonly experienced acculturation and identity issues can lead Latinas to struggle with lack of autonomy. By studying a program designed specifically for Latina teens, Dr. Humensky seeks further understanding of specific factors that contribute to increased suicidal ideation and attempts. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of the Life is Precious (LIP) program, an intervention program specifically designed to reduce suicidal risks among Latinas. Adolescents enrolled in the program and their families will participate in the study. The aims are to determine what contributes to enrollment and participation in the program and to develop a manual for LIP so that it can be disseminated and used by others.
Impact: This study could help to broaden the use of an evidence-based program specifically targeting reduction of suicidal ideation and behavior among Latina adolescents.