Assessing suicide and risk behaviors in an incarcerated American Indian population: Investigating culturally sensitive risk assessment instruments and procedures in a border jail

Date: 2003
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Report
Author:  Severson M, Duclos CW
Publisher:  National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

The overall objective of this research was to address and fill in the gaps in the existing research literature by evaluating a popular suicidal ideation assessment tool, one commonly used within detention centers around the country, for its cultural sensitivity and to modify and, where appropriate, to improve the state, local, and tribal correctional agencies’ ability to more effectively screen for suicide ideation among American Indian detainees. This endeavor involved exploring the connection between American Indian - Northern Plains culture and non-Indian inmates’ responses to suicide screening questions as they are asked within this setting.

Populations:  American Indians and Alaska Natives
Settings:  Adult Justice System
Planning and Implementing:  Cultural Competence