"Let me count the ways:" Fostering reasons for living among low-income, suicidal, African American women

Lindsey M. West, Telsie A. Davis, Martie P. Thompson, Nadine J. Kaslow

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Protective factors for fostering reasons for living were examined among low-income, suicidal, African American women. Bivariate logistic regressions revealed that higher levels of optimism, spiritual well-being, and family social support predicted reasons for living. Multivariate logistic regressions indicated that spiritual well-being showed unique predictive value for reasons for living. Further, the multivariate model accurately predicted reasons for living 72% of the time. Partial support was found for a cumulative protective model hypothesizing a linear relationship between the number of protective factors endorsed and increased reasons for living. Implications for community-based preventive and recovery-oriented intervention efforts and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-500
Number of pages10
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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