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ERIC Number: EJ768846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Suicide Attempts among Indigenous Sami Adolescents and Majority Peers in Arctic Norway: Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors
Silviken, Anne; Kvernmo, Siv
Journal of Adolescence, v30 n4 p613-626 Aug 2007
The prevalence of suicide attempts and associated risk factors such as sociodemographic conditions, emotional/behavioural problems and parent-child relationships were examined among 591 indigenous Sami and 2100 majority adolescents in Arctic Norway. There were no significant ethnic differences in prevalence of suicide attempts. In both ethnic groups, suicidal ideation, anxious/depressed problems and eating behaviour problems were associated with suicide attempts. Cross-cultural differences in risk factors associated with suicide attempts existed. For Sami adolescents, factors diverging from the traditional cultural norms were associated with suicide attempts, such as alcohol intoxication, single-parent home and paternal overprotection (p less than or equal to 0.05). Vocational studies, not living together with parents, current smoking and experienced sexual intercourse were ethnic specific risk factors associated with suicide attempts among majority peers (p less than or equal to 0.05). Clinicians should take into account that risk factors can differ between ethnic groups and should be sensitive to culturally divergent behaviour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway