Year: 2006 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.10, no.2, (2006), p.177-190 SIEC No: 20080846

This study examined correlates of suicide ideation among 212 American Indian youth who lived on or near 3 reservations in the upper midwestern United States. The youths were, on average, 12 years old & 9.5% reported current thoughts of suicide. Females were over 2 times more likely than males to think about suicide. Multivariate logistic regression results indicated that gender, enculturation, negative life events, perceived discrimination, self-esteem, & drug use were related to the likelihood of thinking about suicide. It is suggested that prevention programs should draw on the strengths of American Indian culture. (54 refs)