Protecting urban American Indian young people from suicide

Sandra L. Pettingell, Linda H. Bearinger, Carol L. Skay, Michael D. Resnick, Sandra J. Potthoff, John Eichhorn

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Objective: To examine the likelihood of a past suicide attempt for urban American Indian boys and girls, given salient risk and protective factors. Methods: Survey data from 569 urban American Indian, ages 9-15, in-school youths. Logistic regression determined probabilities of past suicide attempts. Results: For girls, suicidal histories were associated with substance use (risk) and positive mood (protective); probabilities ranged from 6.0% to 57.0%. For boys, probabilities for models with violence perpetration (risk), parent prosocial behavior norms (protective), and positive mood (protective) ranged from 1.0% to 38.0%. Conclusions: Highlights the value of assessing both risk and protective factors for suicidal vulnerability and prioritizing prevention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-476
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008


  • American Indian
  • Suicide
  • Urban
  • Young people


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