Seemingly harmless racial communications are not so harmless: Racial microaggressions lead to suicidal ideation by way of depression symptoms

Victoria M. O'Keefe, Laricka R. Wingate, Ashley B. Cole, David W. Hollingsworth, Raymond P. Tucker

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Abstract

Racial microaggressions, a contemporary form of subtle discrimination that occurs in everyday interactions, are associated with a variety of negative mental health outcomes. Research has not extended the connection between racial microaggressions and negative mental health to include suicide risk. Given the well-known association between negative mental health outcomes and suicide risk, the current study examined whether racial microaggressions predicted suicidal ideation through depression symptoms among 405 young adults of color. Depression symptoms mediated the relationship between racial microaggressions and suicidal ideation. This is the first study to associate racial microaggressions to suicide risk. Societal and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-576
Number of pages10
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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