Cultural attributes of suicidal ideation among older immigrants: a qualitative study

  • Mengting Li (Creator)
  • Stephanie Bergren (Creator)
  • Melissa A Simon (Creator)
  • Xinqi Dong (Creator)



Abstract Background Suicide is a large and growing public health problem. Little is known about the attributes of suicidal ideation (SI) in the contexts of immigration. This qualitative study aims to explore immigration- and acculturation-related attributes of SI among older immigrants. Methods A qualitative semi-structured interview design. Interview were conducted with 57 older Chinese immigrants in Chicago with self-reported SI in the past month. Results In addition to attributes of SI which have been well documented in the literature, we identified immigration- and acculturation-related attributes, including linguistic and cultural barriers of being integrated to the receiving communities, acculturation gaps in intergenerational support, and uselessness. Conclusions Findings of the study highlight the intersectionality of race, culture, and aging regarding SI, which are essential to improve recognition and understanding of SI among immigrant populations.
Date made available2022

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