Is The Rebuilding Our Community? : Hearing Silenced Voices On Aboriginal Youth Suicide

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Walls, M. L., Hautala, D., & Hurley, J. (2013). “Rebuilding our community”: Hearing silenced voices on Aboriginal youth suicide. Transcultural Psychiatry, 51(1), 47–72.

This study seeks to share the voices of community members from three separate First Nations reserves in Manitoba in relation to their experiences with youth suicide, its potential root causes and its impact on the community. Methods used were qualitative analyses of focus groups with community Elders and health service providers. Study findings conceptualized risk factors for youth suicide as being within one of four categories: personal/interpersonal factors, family factors, community level factors and macro level factors. Major themes included suicide becoming “normalized”, communication barriers between youth and adults, and problems associated with romantic relationships of youth. Alcohol/substance abuse and lack of positive parenting skills were also identified as being important. At the community level, insufficient health service coordination and lack of community accountability were discussed as affecting rates of youth suicide. Finally, at the macro level, factors such as federal government influence (the social welfare system), community economic struggles and the effects of colonization were identified as affecting rates of youth suicide.

A major strength of this study is the rigorous, multi-level qualitative analysis of the data that was conducted.…

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