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American Indian suicides in jail : can risk screening be culturally sensitive?

Author: National Institute of Justice (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, [2005]
Series: Research for practice.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Culture can affect how inmates view suicide and, consequently, how they react to authorities' attempts to assess their risk for suicide. In a county detention center in a Northern Plains State where American Indians are the dominant cultural minority in both the jail and the community at large, the jail administrator became concerned about the extent of suicidal behavior in the facility and asked researchers to help  Read more...
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National Institute of Justice (U.S.).
American Indian suicides in jail.
Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, [2005]
(OCoLC)607584534
Online version:
National Institute of Justice (U.S.).
American Indian suicides in jail.
Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, [2005]
(OCoLC)607799285
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: National Institute of Justice (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 61661571
Notes: "Jun. 05."
Shipping list no.: 2005-0229-P.
Description: ii, 9 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Research for practice.
Responsibility: NIJ.

Abstract:

Culture can affect how inmates view suicide and, consequently, how they react to authorities' attempts to assess their risk for suicide. In a county detention center in a Northern Plains State where American Indians are the dominant cultural minority in both the jail and the community at large, the jail administrator became concerned about the extent of suicidal behavior in the facility and asked researchers to help find the reason. Discomfort with the interview process appeared to be the major reason the detainees were not candid in answering questions in the suicide risk assessment. American Indians were less open in answering questions about health and use of drugs and alcohol. The wording of the questions and the setting of the interview seemed to have more of an effect than the nature of the questions. The researchers found that the American Indian concept of mental illness may cause them to interpret questions about this condition differently, and that a relationship of trust with the interviewer may produce more openness. The findings suggest that suicide risk assessment protocols tailored to the cultural backgrounds of detainee populations might be more effective than an impersonally administered one-size-fits-all approach. In view of American Indians' high incarceration rate and risk for suicide, their experiences could be used to design more culturally sensitive risk assessment protocols.

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