Protective factors and suicidality in members of Arab Kindred

Sami Hamdan, Nadine Melhem, Israel Orbach, Ilana Farbstein, Mohammad El-Haib, Alan Apter, David Brent

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Background: Relatively little is known about the role of protective factors in an Arab population in the presence of suicidal risk factors. Aims: To examine the role of protective factors in a subsample of in large Arab Kindred participants in the presence of suicidal risk factors. Methods: We assessed protective and risk factors in a sample of 64 participants (16 suicidal and 48 nonsuicidal) between 15 and 55 years of age, using a comprehensive structured psychiatric interview, the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI), self-reported depression, anxiety, hopelessness, impulsivity, hostility, and suicidal behavior in first-degree and second-relatives. We also used the Religiosity Questionnaire and suicide attitude (SUIATT) andmultidimensional perceived support scale. Results: Suicidal as opposed to nonsuicidal participants were more likely to have a lifetime history of major depressive disorder (MDD) (68.8% vs. 22.9% χ 2 = 11.17, p =.001), an anxiety disorder (87.5% vs. 22.9, χ 2 = 21.02, p <.001), or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (25% vs. 0.0%, Fisher's, p =.003). Individuals who are otherwise at high risk for suicidality have amuch lower risk when they experience higher perceived social support (3.31 ± 1.36 vs. 4.96 ± 1.40, t = 4.10, df = 62, p <.001), and they have the view that suicide is somehow unacceptable (1.83 ±.10 vs. 1.89 ±.07, t = 2.76, df = 60, p =.008). Conclusions: Taken together with other studies, these data suggest that the augmentation of protective factors could play a very important role in the prevention of incidental and recurrent suicidal behavior in Arab populations, where suicidal behavior in increasing rapidly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-86
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Protective factor
  • Risk
  • Suicidality


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