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Correlates of Alaska Native fatal and nonfatal suicidal behaviors 1990-2001

TitleCorrelates of Alaska Native fatal and nonfatal suicidal behaviors 1990-2001
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWexler, L, Hill, R, Bertone-Johnson, E, Fenaughty, A
JournalSuicide Life Threat BehavSuicide Life Threat Behav
Volume38
Pagination311-20
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number0363-0234 (Print)<br/>0363-0234 (Linking)
Accession Number18611129
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Alaska/ethnology, Cause of Death/trends, Censuses, Educational Status, Employment, Female, Humans, Inuits/ statistics & numerical data, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Marital Status, Middle Aged, Mortality/ethnology/trends, Rural Population/statistics & numerical data, Sex Distribution, Suicide, Attempted/ethnology/statistics & numerical data, Suicide/ethnology/ statistics & numerical data, United States/epidemiology
AbstractFactors correlated with suicidal behavior in a predominately Alaska Native region of Alaska are described, and the correlates relating to fatal and nonfatal suicide behaviors in this indigenous population are distinguished. Suicide data from the region (1990-2001) were aggregated and compared to 2000 U.S. Census Data using chi-squared tests. Multivariable logistic regression was used to identify predictors of suicide behaviors. Suicidal behaviors were significantly more common among single, unemployed Alaska Natives who had not completed high school. In multivariable analysis, male sex, age > or = 25 years, firearms, and substance abuse history were each associated with suicide death.
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