Understanding the impact of community on the experience of suicide within the Lao Community: An expansion of the cultural model of suicide

Lawrence H. Yang, Jonathan Lam, Eduardo Vega, Monica Martinez, Luba Botcheva, Jung Eui Hong, Joyce Chu, Sara E. Lewis

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Abstract

There is a dearth in the scientific literature examining community factors of suicide in a theoretically grounded manner, in particular for Asian American groups. This study used the cultural model of suicide to examine the experience of suicide for a Lao group in California. Interviews were conducted with focus groups and community leaders pooled from the Center for Lao Studies, and then coded using a direct content analysis, in tandem with an inductive approach. The results revealed areas in which the community had a notable impact and shaped suicide risk within the Lao group. The findings also highlighted the need for additions to the current cultural model of suicide to reflect the impact of these community factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-295
Number of pages12
JournalAsian American Journal of Psychology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Asian American
  • Cultural barriers
  • Laotian
  • Mental health
  • Service barriers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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