Date of Award

Summer 6-3-2015

Document Type



Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Lionel Matthews, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Harvey Burnett, Ph.D.


Recent research indicates that suicide is a growing cause of death in our country (CDC, 2010). Over the twelve year period (1999 to 2012), suicide rates increased by a staggering 40%. This is especially evident among adolescents (13-17 years). In spite of this trend, much remains to be known about the variability of this phenomenon across various subcultures. This study examines suicidal ideation and the effect of various demographic, psycho-social, and religious predictors among adolescents of a conservative religious denomination.