Year: 2003 Source: Social Science and Medicine, v.56, (2003), p.1571-1579 SIEC No: 20040851

This study examines the relation of spirituality to the lifetime prevalence of attempted suicide in a probability sample of American Indians. The authors found that those with a high level of cultural spiritual orientation had a reduced prevalence of suicide compared with those with a low level of cultural spiritual orientation. The results are consistent with anecdotal reports suggesting the effectiveness of American Indian suicide-prevention programs emphasizing orientations related to cultural spirituality. (63 refs)