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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
 
 
 

NCAIANMHR

Suicidality Among American Indians: Prevalence and Risk


PROJECT TITLE:
Suicidality Among American Indians: Prevalence and Risk

FUNDING SOURCE: 
Colorado Injury Control Research Center, Colorado State University

DATES OF FUNDING: 
2000–2002

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): 
Pamela LeMaster, RN, Ph.D.

CENTER STAFF INVOLVED:
Pamela LeMaster, RN, Ph.D.

 

SPECIFIC AIMS/RESEARCH GOALS:

This proposal has 2 Specific Aims:

  1. To determine the prevalence of suicidal ideation and attempts within two American Indian tribes representing one cultural group.
  2. To identify the demographic, social, cultural, and physical and mental health conditions associated with suicidal ideation and related behaviors.

 

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Secondary analysis of data collected under the AI-SUPERPFP will provide the opportunity to determine the prevalence rates of suicide ideation and attempts as well as to examine demographic and other psychosocial factors that might be associated with these outcomes.

 

PARTICIPANTS:

This study will utilize AI-SUPERPFP data collected from respondents representing two Northern Plains tribes.   A total of 1,640 individuals between the ages of 15 and 54 years were interviewed and will potentially be included in this study.

 

MEASURES:
  1. Suicide Ideation Questionnaire, Junior High School Version (SIQ-JR).
  2. Composite International Diagnostic Instrument (UM-CIDI).
  3. sociodemographics.
  4. family history of suicide.
  5. physical & mental health conditions.
  6. ongoing stressors.
  7. life events in past year.
  8. traumatic events.
  9. social & cultural factors.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

LeMaster, P.L., Beals, J., Novins, D.K., Manson, S.M., & the AI-SUPERPFP Team. (2004). The prevalence of suicidal behaviors among Northern Plains American Indians. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 34(3), 242-254.

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