univ of KYKENTUCKY (11/22/12) – Three University of Kentucky sociologists have co-authored a study that helps to fill a gap in our understanding of suicide risk among African-American women.
Appearing in the December issue of Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ), the study, “Too Much of a Good Thing? Psychosocial Resources, Gendered Racism, and Suicidal Ideation among Low Socioeconomic Status African American Women,” examines the relationship between racial and gender discrimination and suicidal ideation, or thinking about and desiring to commit suicide. The co-authors on the study include Assistant Professor Brea L. Perry, Associate Professor Carrie B. Oser, and Ph.D. candidate Erin L. Pullen, all from the UK Department of Sociology.
In basic terms, the study examines risk and protective factors for mental health among African-American women with low socio-economic status. The researchers found that women who have experienced more race and gender-based discrimination have a higher risk of suicidal ideation, which replicates previous research on the positive correlation between discrimination and health.
However, the study goes even further to examine whether different psychosocial resources such as eudemonic well-being (sense of purpose in life), self-esteem, and active coping that have traditionally been found to be protective among white Americans can buffer the effects of racial and gender discrimination on suicidal ideation.
Perry said that some of the findings were unexpected.
"We were somewhat surprised to find that moderate levels of eudemonic well-being, self-esteem and active coping are protective, while very high and low levels are not," Perry said.
Specifically, the study used data from 204 predominantly low-income African American women, collected as part of the Black Women in the Study of Epidemics (B-WISE) project. The study has helped to fill a gap in knowledge about suicide risk among African-American women because recent research suggests that rates of suicide attempt are high in this group, prompting a need for additional research on the topic.
All three researchers said they hope this study can impact students everywhere, including students at UK.
"I hope that this study can inform identification of African-American students who are at risk for suicidal ideation and point to some potential interventions for coping with discrimination," Perry said.
Perry believes the most important lesson learned from this study is that it is critical to examine culturally specific risk and protective processes in mental health.
"These findings demonstrate that it is not sufficient to simply study African-American women as one small part of an aggregated sample composed largely of whites," Perry said. "When we take that approach, we completely miss what is going on in smaller, underrepresented groups. We cannot assume that what is protective for white men, for example, is also protective for African-American women. There are specific historical and cultural circumstances and lived experiences that are unique to each racial and gender group, and these differentially shape factors that increase or decrease vulnerability and resilience."
SurfKY News
Information provided by the University of Kentucky

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,798.49
-14.90 (-0.08%)    
2 S&P 2,090.11
+1.24 (0.06%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,127.52
+11.38 (0.22%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Madisonville Man Charged with Attempted Murder after Alleged Shooting Attempt

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/27/15) — A Madisonville man has been charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment after… Read More

Hopkins County District Court Fines Handed Down

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (11/28/15) — The following fines were handed down in Hopkins District Court recently: Travis J.… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 10274

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8943

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7804

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4923

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 3466

Man Injured When Vehicle Collides with Deer

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 16444

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14610

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 28, 2015 3398

Woman Charged with Counterfeit Money Leads to…

by SurfKY News
November 28, 2015 3314

Local Teen Hospitalized after Officer-Involved…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 3248

Madisonville Man Charged with Attempted Murder…

by SurfKY News
November 28, 2015 2537

KSP Arrests Ohio Co. Man on Drug Charges

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1702

First United Bancorp Set to Purchase Town &…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1286

Farm City Breakfast Recognizes Importance of…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1151

Hooked on Science - Pinecone Hygrometer

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 948

Webster County Man Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 937

Salvation Army Rings in Official Christmas…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 28, 2015 859

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News