Suicide is the leading cause of death for Native youth in Northwest Alaska. The study invited youth, parents, professionals, and other community members to engage in dailogue about suicide and investigate possibilities for prevention. Data gathering techniques included focus groups, interviews, participant observation, surveys, chart review, and quantitative tracking of attempts, deaths and correlates. The data was used in an on-going manner to facilitate community-wide dialogue and action. The resulting critical ethnography focuses on how Native youth and adults make sense of Inupiat youth suicide, respond to it in everyday life, and organize to prevent it. This is considered in relation to Western assumptions embedded in standard suicide prevention knowledge. The discontinuities in meanings between these distinct narratives are explored to open new prevention possibilities.
Thesis held in UAA Alaska Reference: Ref Alaska E 99 .E7 W49 2005