Suicide and Hispanic Americans

  • Andrea Delgado
  • Pedro Ruiz


Suicide and suicide related behavior represent one of the most intriguing and important subjects in the field of psychiatry. Despite the fact that suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, this type of behavior is still little understood by most mental health practitioners. Further, if one tries to explore the parameters of suicide behavior along ethnic lines, the data which currently exists in the medical literature is found to be not only scarce, but offering very little insofar as the understanding of its determinants is concerned. In this study, we decided to review the subject of suicide behavior from an ethno-cultural point of view, thus attempting to shed some light on this complex issue, as well as stimulating further research in this subject. Within this context, we will proceed with reviewing some aspects of the suicide behavior among Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans. It should, however, be well understood that while Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans are good examples of the Hispanic ethnic subgroup, one must not generalize and apply concepts pertaining to them to the entire Hispanic population. Nevertheless, some commonalities do exist among all Hispanic ethnic subgroups, and thus, some applicability could be found from the data discussed here which could be used with the entire Hispanic population.


Suicide Behavior Suicide Rate MEXICAN AMERICAN8 Mental Health Practitioner York City Department 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Delgado
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pedro Ruiz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Manhattan’s Children’s Psychiatric CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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