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Suicide Attempts by Young Latinas Higher than Other Teen Groups

The statistics are startling: One in seven Latina teenagers will attempt suicide. Not only has this trend remained steady for more than a decade, but also the rate is higher than those of white or black teens.

But in recent months, new research published by the Center for Latino Family Research, has begun to yield answers about why so many Hispanic girls are trying to take their own lives.  While the reasons vary, the study found that most often the cause for a Latina’s suicide attempt was an ongoing struggle between a teen who wants freedom to express herself—usually by dating or hanging out with friends—and parents who won’t allow such independence.

While those kinds of arguments plague countless families, the clash can be most pronounced between immigrant parents with traditional values and first-generation daughters yearning for modern American lives.