Understanding Indigenous Suicide Through a Theoretical Lens: A Review of General, Culturally-Based, and Indigenous Frameworks

Victoria M. O’Keefe, Raymond P. Tucker, Ashley B. Cole, David W. Hollingsworth, La Ricka R. Wingate

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Abstract

Many American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities throughout North America continue to experience the devastating impact of suicide. Theoretical explanations of suicide from a psychological, sociological, cultural, and Indigenous perspective all differ in focus and applicability to AI/AN communities. These diverse theoretical frameworks and models are presented herein to examine the potential applicability, strengths, and limitations in understanding AI/AN suicide. In providing these perspectives, continued discussions and empirical examinations of AI/AN suicide can guide informative, culturally-informed suicide prevention and intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-799
Number of pages25
Journaltranscultural psychiatry
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • Alaska Native
  • American Indian
  • Indigenous
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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