Suicide Among African-American and Other African-Origin Youth

  • Cheryl S. Al-MateenEmail author
  • Kenneth M. Rogers


Children and youth in the United States descended from African ancestry are a heterogeneous group that may self-identify as Black or African-American. Those who have immigrated to the United States are primarily of African or Caribbean origin. While this group is socioeconomically diverse as well, the existing literature has focused on urban poor youth, who are often at higher risk for sociocultural stressors such as community violence. Historically, Black youth have had lower rates of suicide, but this dramatically increased in the 1980s and 1990s, despite a decrease in European-American youth. It is currently the third leading cause of death for Black youth ages 15–24. Unique risk factors include the impact of discrimination and acculturative stress. This chapter will review the literature regarding risk and protective factors as well as interventions in this population. A case will be presented to illustrate the concepts.


Suicide African-American Caribbean Acculturative stress Acculturation Church 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VCU Health, Department of PsychiatryVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Child and Adolescent Services, South Carolina Department of Mental HealthGreenville Mental Health CenterGreenvilleUSA

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