NARA NORTHWEST: Risk and Protective Factors among AI/AN Youth in Oregon

February 17, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  Oregon

Researchers affiliated with the Native American Rehabilation Association of the Northwest (NARA NW) Life Is Sacred Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant used data from a statewide school survey in Oregon to understand the role of risk and protective factors in suicide attempts by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. Findings from this analysis identified potential strategies for protecting these young people from suicide. AI/AN youth who reported the presence of at least four protective factors were found to be less at risk of suicide attempts than those who had the same number of risk factors but fewer protective factors. The findings also suggest that practitioners should be trained on ways to increase protective factors rather than only on how to recognize risk factors.


Populations:  Adolescents, American Indians and Alaska Natives
About Suicide:  Risk and Protective Factors
Planning and Implementing:  Finding and Using Data