Melanie S. MacNeil, RN, BSN, MSN, EdD (Health Care Education), is Past-President, Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Nu, Honor Society of Nursing, Nursing Department, Niagara University, New York.
An Epidemiologic Study of Aboriginal Adolescent Risk in Canada: The Meaning of Suicide
Article first published online: 5 FEB 2008
Journal Compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 3–12, February 2008
How to Cite
MacNeil, M. S. (2008), An Epidemiologic Study of Aboriginal Adolescent Risk in Canada: The Meaning of Suicide. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 21: 3–12. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2008.00117.x
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 5 FEB 2008
BACKGROUND: Current rates of Aboriginal youth suicide suggest that an epidemiologic review is needed to understand the impact of culture, community, and environment specific to suicide within this population.
PURPOSE: This paper aims to (a) examine the literature on the incidence of suicide with special attention to that of adolescents in Aboriginal communities in Canada, (b) review factors hypothesized to place Aboriginals at risk, and (c) explore research directions that would contribute to our understanding of an Aboriginal perspective of suicide.
CONCLUSION: A clear description of the meaning of adolescent Aboriginal suicide and an understanding of the factors that create risk is needed.