American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Indians of North America -- Suicidal behavior, Alaska Natives -- Suicidal behavior, Suicide -- Prevention
This study provides actionable information about intervening with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth to prevent suicide. Statewide school survey data were used to model the impact of risk and protective factors on self-reported suicide attempts (both AI/AN and non-AI/AN). The cumulative risk and protective model worked similarly for both groups. AI/AN youth had a higher threshold of risk before making a suicide attempt. Protective factors buffered the impact of risk, particularly for the higher risk youth.
Mackin, J., Perkins, T., & Furrer, C. (2012). The Power of Protection: A Population-Based Comparison of Native and Non-Native Youth Suicide Attempters. American Indian And Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal Of The National Center, 19(2), 20-54.