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  1. Protecting against hopelessness and suicidality in sexually abused American Indian adolescents.

    Article - En anglais


    The purpose of this study was to identify factors protective against the adverse health correlates of sexual abuse in reservation-based American Indian and Alaskan Native adolescents.


    Data were taken from the National American Indian Adolescent Health Survey administered in 1988-1990 to 13,923 youths.

    Included in this analysis were 991 females and 166 males who reported a history of sexual abuse.

    Chi-square analysis was used to identify significant protective factors in sexually abused youths who did not report suicidality or hopelessness.

    Discriminant function analysis was used to determine which factors distinguished this group from those who experienced adverse health correlates.


    Separate multivariate analyses for boys and girls demonstrated that for girls, family attention, positive feelings toward school, parental expectations, and caring exhibited by family, adults, and tribal leaders were associated with absence of suicidality and hopelessness.

    For suicidality in boys, significant protective factors were enjoyment of school, involvement in traditional activities, strong academic performance, and caring exhibited by family, adults, school people, and tribal leaders.

    No significant protective factors against hopelessness were identified for boys. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Abus sexuel, Traumatisme infantile, Facteur risque, Suicide, Milieu familial, Milieu culturel, Environnement social, Prévention, Adolescent, Homme, Amérindien, Victimologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual abuse, Early traumatism, Risk factor, Suicide, Family environment, Cultural environment, Social environment, Prevention, Adolescent, Human, Amerindian, Victimology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0077636

    Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 14/05/1998.