Part 1: Bibliographic Entry: 

Eckart, Kim. “Study Examines Teens’ Thoughts, Plans around Suicide.” UW3 News, 14 Sept.    


Part 2: Terminology/Keywords:


Attempted Suicide 

Mental Health 

Suicidal Ideation 


Ethnic Background 


Part 3: Précis: 

The article examines a study conducted by the University of Washington and New York University regarding teen thoughts and plans around suicide. Conducting the National Youth Risk Behavior survey resulted in 44,000 responses with 7,500 students who expressed suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempts. The author brings into light the gender, racial and ethnic differences among those who think about and/or attempt suicide. According to the study, 3% reported attempted suicide without prior thoughts or plans, one-fourth said they only thought about it, and 38% planned but did not attempt suicide. The article emphasizes the need for more advanced suicide screenings as not all youth show suicidal thoughts or plans and might express symptoms in different ways. 

Part 4: Reflection:

Suicide is becoming more common among a younger generation of people. The article published by Kim Eckart serves to only highlight the ways in which medicine seems to fail in understanding or being able to prevent individuals from committing suicide. The study provides enough evidence to show the likelier chance of an African American teen to attempt suicide without telling anyone or showing thoughts or plans beforehand. This in turn justifies the idea that racial and ethnic differences should be taken into consideration when dealing with mental health. This article seems to only raise more questions regarding other ethnic groups and their link to suicide rates. I will most likely further my research by finding articles that explain the reasons for the difference in suicidal symptoms in relation to an individual’s race, ethnic background, and gender. 

Part 5: Quotables: 

And students across racial and ethnic groups who reported certain factors or behaviors — being bullied online, feeling sad or hopeless, a history of sexual violence, smoking cigarettes or misusing prescription opiates — were more likely to report thinking about, planning and attempting suicide, as opposed to having thoughts and plans without an attempt.” 


“About one-fourth of the 7,500 respondents said they’d only thought about suicide; 38% said they’d planned suicide but did not attempt it, and 35% said they’d thought about, planned and attempted suicide.”


“Young men, in general, were more likely to report attempting suicide without thoughts or plans.” 


“Black youth’s symptoms may be more likely to manifest as concerns in their relationships with others, physical complaints or behavioral problems.”


5 thoughts on “RefAnnBib

  1. You made a really good RefAnnBib. You have a really interesting topic that you are discussing. I think the article you chose will be really helpful with your paper. Also on top of that you have a good plan for more research. Keep up the good work.

  2. The article you brought is very informative in understanding how many people think versus act on their suicide ideation. Your reflection was very interesting as it brings the idea of race into suicide. I wonder what the reason is for why there is a “likelier chance of an African American teen to attempt suicide without telling anyone or showing thoughts or plans beforehand.” What about other races? I think you have a lot to work with.

  3. Angeles,

    It seems like you have made a lot of productive steps to further the progress of your research paper! I found this source super interesting and you did a great job at breaking it down! One thing that you wrote in your reflection that really caught my attention is when you said “This article seems to only raise more questions regarding other ethnic groups and their link to suicide rates.” I think that is great that it is raising more questions for you and can potentially lead way to a new thread of research and information in your search for data on this subject. Great job!

  4. Angeles, I think your RefAnnBib was very will organized! Your source is very informative as it brings other factors such as race. It allows you to incorporate more research concerning “individual’s race, ethnic background, and gender” as you mention in order to further your argument. You have your research paper very well planned out with what directions you want to dive into.

  5. This topic is a topic I really love, and you nailed it perfectly. In terms of your evidence, you gave strong evidence to your claim, and it really catches the reader’s attention. Connecting ethnic backgrounds is also groundbreaking for this research paper. Where you’re from and where you live does play a massive role in suicide rates, so I like that you brought that up. Amazing.

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