Year: 2009 Source: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, v.16, no.1, (February 2009), p.1-24 SIEC No: 20100023

Alaska Native youth suffer disproportionately from suicide. Some researchers explain this by pointing to social disintegration brought on by rapid social change, but few make the connection to an ongoing colonialism explicit. This paper articulates some of the ways that colonial discourses affect Inupiat young people’s self-conceptions, perceived choices, &, consequently, their behavioural health. Inupiat youth narratives will illustate these connections &, in so doing, offer new ways to understand youth suicide in Native communities. (61 refs., 17 notes)