ERIC Number: EJ696372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Attempted Suicide and Associated Health Risk Behaviors among Native American High School Students
Shaughnessy, Lana; Doshi, Sonal R.; Jones, Sherry Everett
Journal of School Health, v74 n5 p177 May 2004
Suicide represents the second-leading cause of death among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth aged 15-24 years. Data from the 2001 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Youth Risk Behavior Survey were used to examine the association between attempted suicide among high school students and unintentional injury and violence behaviors, sexual risk behaviors, tobacco use, and alcohol and other drug use. The study included students in BIA-funded high schools with 10 or more students enrolled in grades 9-12. Overall, 16% of BIA high school students attempted suicide one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey. Females and males who attempted suicide were more likely than females and males who did not attempt suicide to engage in every risk behavior analyzed: unintentional injury and violence behaviors, sexual risk behaviors, tobacco use, and alcohol and other drug use. These data enable educators, school health professionals, and others who work with this population to better identify American Indian youth at risk for attempting suicide by recognizing the number and variety of health risk behaviors associated with attempted suicide.
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Research Papers (Students), High School Students, Drug Use, Indians, Females, Suicide, Smoking, Males, Injuries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey