ERIC Number: ED039080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
The Extent and Significance of Suicide Among American Indians Today. National Study of American Indian Education, Series III, No. 1, Final Report.
Havighurst, Robert J.
As a part of the Final Report of the National Study of American Indian Education, this document presents data related to suicides among Indians. Its purpose is to contribute to a better understanding of the problems of Indians in this society. An overall comparison of Indian and non-Indian suicide rates indicates no difference with reference to ethnicity, but there are significant differences with respect to age and sex. Suicide rates for American Indian males are higher for men under 45 than for American white males; however, for men over 45, the whites have a much higher incidence of suicide. The document states that there is no evidence relating suicide rate to the Indian's kind of schooling, but suicide rate is related to disorganized family life, alcoholism, and loss of friends and relatives by death. It is concluded that the high suicide rate of young Indian men should be taken as a symptom of something wrong in their society and that an improvement in the socio-educational situation of Indians would probably reduce this symptom. (AN)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.