Protecting Urban American Indian Young People From Suicide
Abstract:Objective : To examine the likelihood of a past suicide attempt for urban American Indian boys and girls, given salient risk and protective factors.
Methods : Survey data from 569 urban American Indian, ages 9-15, in-school youths. Logistic regression determined probabilities of past suicide attempts.
Results : For girls, suicidal histories were associated with substance use (risk) and positive mood (protective); probabilities ranged from 6.0% to 57.0%. For boys, probabilities for models with violence perpetration (risk), parent prosocial behavior norms (protective), and positive mood (protective) ranged from 1.0% to 38.0%.
Conclusions : Highlights the value of assessing both risk and protective factors for suicidal vulnerability and prioritizing prevention strategies.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Research Associate, Center for Adolescent Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Publication date: 2008-09-01
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