+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Urban American Indian Community Perspectives on Resources and Challenges for Youth Suicide Prevention



Urban American Indian Community Perspectives on Resources and Challenges for Youth Suicide Prevention



American Journal of Community Psychology 58(1-2): 136-149



American Indian (AI) youth have some of the highest rates of suicide of any group in the United States, and the majority of AI youth live in urban areas away from tribal communities. As such, understanding the resources available for suicide prevention among urban AI youth is critical, as is understanding the challenges involved in accessing such resources. Pre-existing interview data from 15 self-identified AI community members and staff from an Urban Indian Health Organization were examined to understand existing resources for urban AI youth suicide prevention, as well as related challenges. A thematic analysis was undertaken, resulting in three principal themes around suicide prevention: formal resources, informal resources, and community values and beliefs. Formal resources that meet the needs of AI youth were viewed as largely inaccessible or nonexistent, and youth were seen as more likely to seek help from informal sources. Community values of mutual support were thought to reinforce available informal supports. However, challenges arose in terms of the community's knowledge of and views on discussing suicide, as well as the perceived fit between community values and beliefs and formal prevention models.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 059208600

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 27576308

DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12080


Related references

Healing fractured families: parents' and elders' perspectives on the impact of colonization and youth suicide prevention in a pacific northwest American Indian tribe. Journal of Transcultural Nursing 17(1): 5-12, 2006

Involving Parents In A Community-Based, Culturally-Grounded Mental Health Intervention For American Indian Youth: Parent Perspectives, Challenges, And Results. Journal of Community Psychology 40(4): 468-478, 2012

Getting into trouble: perspectives on stress and suicide prevention among Pacific Northwest Indian youth. Journal of Transcultural Nursing 22(3): 240-247, 2011

School-based suicide prevention with African American youth in an urban setting. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 40(2): 111-117, 2009

Culturally Tailored Depression/Suicide Prevention in Latino Youth: Community Perspectives. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research 42(4): 519-533, 2016

Community and family perspectives on addressing overweight in urban, African-American youth. Journal of General Internal Medicine 23(2): 175-179, 2007

The efficacy of a multicultural prevention intervention among urban American Indian youth in the southwest U.S. Journal of Primary Prevention 28(6): 547-568, 2007

Suicide prevention as a community development process: understanding circumpolar youth suicide prevention through community level outcomes. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 68(3): 274-291, 2009

Perspectives on suicide prevention among American Indian and Alaska native children and adolescents: a call for help. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 10(2): 6-6, 2005

Translating and Implementing a Mindfulness-Based Youth Suicide Prevention Intervention in a Native American Community. Journal of Child and Family Studies 24(1): 12-23, 2015

Adaptation of a smoking cessation and prevention website for urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Journal of Cancer Education 25(1): 23-31, 2010

Advancing community-based research with urban American Indian populations: multidisciplinary perspectives. American Journal of Community Psychology 54(1-2): 72-80, 2015

Substance Use Prevention for Urban American Indian Youth: A Efficacy Trial of the Culturally Adapted Living in 2 Worlds Program. Journal of Primary Prevention (): -, 2016

Perceptions and use of community- and school-based behavioral health services among urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth and families. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research 23(3): 221-247, 2016

Positive youth development linked with prevention in a Vietnamese American community: successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Journal of Adolescent Health 37(3 Suppl): S69-S79, 2005