Associations between Suicide Behaviors and Religiosity in Young Adults


  • Shannon Gwin
  • Paul Branscum
  • E. Laurette Taylor
  • Marshall Cheney
  • Sarah B. Maness
  • Melissa Frey
  • Ying Zhang



Young adults, suicide, mental health, religiosity


The purpose of this study was to examine associations between suicide ideation, parental relation- ships, and religiosity among young adults. An online survey was administered to students (n=775) from colleges and universities in a southwestern state measuring suicide ideation, protective assets of parental relationships, and religiosity beliefs. Odds ratios analysis revealed a significant inverse association between religiosity and suicide ideation. Overall, higher rates religiosity appears to be associated with lower bouts of suicide ideation in the last 12 months. Addition of religious/spirituality-oriented tools may be important to incorporate in mental health interventions for those young adults that report having greater religiosity.



How to Cite

Gwin, S., Branscum, P., Taylor, E. L., Cheney, M., Maness, S. B. ., Frey, M., & Zhang, Y. (2021). Associations between Suicide Behaviors and Religiosity in Young Adults. American Journal of Health Studies, 35(4).

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