A review of the book, Suicide among racial and ethnic minority groups
by Frederick T. L. Leong and Mark
M. Leach was published in a recent issue of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
This book addresses the question of why some human beings kill
themselves and what specific factors should be considered to prevent
suicide. It also addresses those questions with emphasis on five groups
that have received little attention in suicidology research, namely,
African American, Asian American, Latino and Latina, Native American,
and Pacific Islander populations (Paniagua, 2005). This is a
well-integrated edited book across three sections. The first section is
about theories and models of suicide. The second section is an excellent
summary of suicidal behavior across the five major racial/ethnic groups
in the United States cited above. The third and final section of the
book summarizes prevention, testing and assessment,
treatment, training, and further research issues involving the five
groups discussed in prior chapters.