ERIC Number: EJ765043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Aboriginal Language Knowledge and Youth Suicide
Hallett, Darcy; Chandler, Michael J.; Lalonde, Christopher E.
Cognitive Development, v22 n3 p392-399 Jul-Sep 2007
This brief report details a preliminary investigation into how community-level variability in knowledge of Aboriginal languages relate to "band"-level measures of youth suicide. In Canada, and, more specifically, in the province of British Columbia (BC), Aboriginal youth suicide rates vary substantially from one community to another. The results reported demonstrate that not only did this simple language-use indicator prove to have predictive power over and above that of six other cultural continuity factors identified in previous research, but also that youth suicide rates effectively dropped to zero in those few communities in which at least half the band members reported a conversational knowledge of their own "Native" language.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Suicide, Youth, Indigenous Populations, Language Usage, Cultural Influences, Native Speakers, Indigenous Knowledge
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: British Columbia; Canada