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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 755–768 | Cite as

Factors Influencing Suicide Behaviours in Immigrant and Ethno-Cultural Minority Groups: A Systematic Review

  • Daniel W. L. Lai
  • Lun Li
  • Gabrielle D. Daoust
Review Paper

Abstract

This paper reviews recent literature on factors influencing suicide behaviours, including thoughts, plans, and attempts, in immigrant and ethno-cultural minority groups, to inform a more comprehensive understanding of suicide behaviours in increasingly culturally diverse populations. Thirty-three studies published between 2002 and 2013 were identified through digital databases searches and included in this review. Analysis of study findings focused on impacts of ethno-cultural identity and acculturation, other cultural and immigration influences, and family and community supports on suicide behaviours. Policy, practice, and research recommendations are identified, to inform relevant suicide prevention efforts and enhance mental health supports for immigrant and ethno-cultural minority populations.

Keywords

Suicide Immigrant Ethno-cultural Minority 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel W. L. Lai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lun Li
    • 2
  • Gabrielle D. Daoust
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Social Sciences, Institute of Active AgeingThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Department of International RelationsUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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