Trajectories of Well-Being Among Latina Adolescents Who Attempt Suicide: A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis

Lauren E. Gulbas, Samantha Guz, Carolina Hausmann-Stabile, Hannah S. Szlyk, Luis H. Zayas

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Abstract

Significant research questions persist regarding the short- and long-term outcomes of Latina adolescents who attempt suicide. To address these limitations, we utilize an ecodevelopmental framework to identify potential factors that shape differential outcomes following a suicide attempt. Through an exploratory, longitudinal, qualitative research design, we investigate two research questions: How do trajectories of well-being vary among Latina teens after a suicide attempt? What risk and protective factors might contribute to different trajectories? We conducted qualitative interviews with 17 Latina participants living in predominantly low-income households in New York City. Interviews took place within the 6 months following their suicide attempts, and again, 12 months later. Analysis revealed three distinct trajectories after a suicide attempt: resilience, tenuous growth, and chronic stress. Our findings elucidate potential factors that contribute to resilience following a suicide attempt and underscore the importance of prevention and intervention programs that foster adolescents’ connectivity across ecodevelopmental contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1766-1780
Number of pages15
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume29
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

Keywords

  • Latino/Hispanic
  • United States
  • adolescents
  • longitudinal research
  • qualitative methods
  • resilience
  • suicidal behaviors/attempted suicide
  • thematic analysis

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