Year: 2009 Source: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, v.23, no.1, (February 2009), p.65-74 SIEC No: 20090051

The incidence of suicide in American Indians is highest of all ethnic populations. Naegle & D’Avanzo (2001) assert suicide is often correlated with primary depression & substance dependence. Prevalence rate for suicide within the American Indian population was 1.5 times the national rate in 2001. The sociohistorical impact of sense of belonging to suicide within this population has not been explored in previous research (Strickland, Walsh, & Cooper, 2006). The findings support that sense of belonging has a negative association with suicide ideation & may buffer the development of depressive symptoms. (40 refs.)