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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Elwin C. Nielsen
Blackfeet youth suicide Attempters and a sample of non-suicide Attempters were compared on the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES- 111), the Family Environment Scale (FES), the Scale for Suicide Ideation (SSI), the revised Beck Depression Scale (BDI) and a biographical inventory. The purpose of this study was to define a set of variables that identify Indian youth with a high potential for suicide. The study sample consisted of 60 participants between the ages of 15-24, 30 suicide Attempters and 30 non-suicide Attempters, from the Blackfeet reservation.
Fifteen identified variables were proposed to differentiate between the two groups. Analyses involving nine variables revealed a significant correlation between the revised Beck Depression Inventory variable of depression and the Biographical Inventory self-report variable of suicide attempt. Results indicated that suicide Attempters scored higher on the revised Beck Depression Inventory than did those subjects who did not attempt suicide.
Crawford, Rebecca R., "Identification of the Causes and Characteristics of Suicide Among American Indian Youth" (1992). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6027.