Suicide is a leading public health problem in the United States, and Native American Indian and Alaska Native individuals are at an increased risk for suicide. This study sought to understand the demographic and clinical risk and protective factors for young Native American Indian and Alaska Native children who were hospitalized due to suicide ideation, or an attempt. The demographic and clinical variables evaluated included religious preference, sexual orientation, prior suicidal behavior and psychiatric admissions, history of abuse, CPS involvement, family history of mental illness, family history of substance use, family history of suicidal behaviors, domestic violence, recent significant losses, and sleep disturbances including nightmares and night terrors. Recommendations included providing increased support for LGBTQ youth, increased access and utilization for mental health and medical services, preventative education regarding suicide prevention, and increased follow-up care post-hospitalization.
Weniger, Jennifer; Young, Sonya; and Hernandez, Christine
"Risk and protective factors with Native American Indian and Alaska Native children who have a history of suicidal behavior,"
Journal of Indigenous Research: Vol. 8
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/kicjir/vol8/iss2020/2