Suicide Among Turkish American Youth

  • Hatice Burakgazi YilmazEmail author
  • Alican Dalkilic
  • Parna Ramprasad Prajapati
  • Andres J. Pumariega


The suicide rate among youth has been increasing and has become a major mental health and serious public health concern especially in industrialized countries. Immigrant youth may face even more difficulties in society because of acculturation challenges, language limitations, inadequate knowledge of support systems, socioeconomic problems, and reasons unique to their immigration. Due to limited research on suicide and immigrant youth in the USA and lack of literature on suicide in Turkish American youth living in the USA, the authors had to rely on the studies about European Turkish immigrants and suicide and immigration literature about related ethnic and cultural groups, besides their 25 years of combined clinical experience in treating a significant number of Turkish American youth living in the USA.

Extensive knowledge about home cultures of immigrant youth should not be expected from clinicians treating them, but an empathic, nonjudgmental approach and an interested and curious attitude could go a long way in establishing therapeutic rapport and performing successful assessments and early interventions. We hope this chapter will serve as a guide for clinicians treating youth of Turkish descent struggling with suicidality in the USA, Europe, and other host countries.


Turkish American youth Suicidal ideation Suicidality Suicide Suicide among immigrants Suicidality among immigrants Suicidal behavior in Turkish youth Suicide in immigrant youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hatice Burakgazi Yilmaz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alican Dalkilic
    • 1
  • Parna Ramprasad Prajapati
    • 1
  • Andres J. Pumariega
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper Health SystemCamdenUSA

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