Cultural nuances of thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness linked to Asian American suicidality

dc.contributor.authorLee, Hye Jin
dc.date.accessioned2024-04-15T14:30:16Z
dc.date.available2024-04-15T14:30:16Z
dc.date.graduationmonthMay
dc.date.published2024
dc.description.abstractAsian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAs) represent one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the United States, with an 88% increase from 2000 to 2019. The rate of suicide among AAs has also risen alongside this population growth. Unique cultural factors distinguish AA experiences from those of the dominant American culture, such as cultural identity, conflict due to parental expectations, depression, and discrimination. This study aims to broaden the understanding of suicidality among 195 second-generation AAs by examining how distinctive AA cultural factors are captured by the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (ITS). The path analysis results found belongingness and burdensomeness, two main concepts from ITS, mediated cultural factors and suicidality. First, increased integration within both the Asian and American cultures increased belongingness, which in turn reduced suicidal ideation. Next, conflict due to parental expectation and depression increased burdensomeness which, in turn, increased suicidal ideation, plan and attempt. Last, although discrimination was linked to thwarted belongingness and suicidality, thwarted belongingness did not mediate the relationship between discrimination and suicidality. The clinical and research implications of the findings are discussed.
dc.description.advisorJoyce A. Baptist
dc.description.degreeMaster of Science
dc.description.departmentSchool of Family Studies and Human Services
dc.description.levelMasters
dc.description.sponsorshipKansas State University - Graduate School.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2097/44278
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectBicultural Identity Integration
dc.subjectSuicidal ideation
dc.subjectDiscrimination
dc.subjectParental Expectations
dc.subjectDepression
dc.titleCultural nuances of thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness linked to Asian American suicidality
dc.typeThesis

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