The Impact of Religiosity on Suicidal Ideation Among Youth in Central Mexico


Religion, Suicide, Suicidal ideation, Adolescents, Mexico


Although over 100 years of research has been dedicated to understanding the connection between religiosity and suicide, many questions still remain. This is especially true among adolescent populations in countries outside the US. In 2008, over 700 students attending eight alternative high school centers in central Mexico completed a health survey designed to provide a comprehensive overview of their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. This article reports on the findings of a secondary analysis study of those data and focuses on the protective influence of religiosity on suicidal ideation. The findings of this study are discussed in light of the network theory’s assertion that there is a belonging aspect to religion, and also to the idea that in religiously homogeneous communities of Mexico, religion can have a protective effect on the suicidal ideation of its members.

Original Publication Citation

Hoffman, S., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2014). The impact of religiosity on suicidal ideation among youth in central Mexico. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 255-266. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9654-1

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Journal of Religion and Health




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor