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Suicide and North American Indians: a social constructivist perspective

Author: Angell, G.B; Kurz, B.J; Gottfried, G.M
Author Background:
Date 1/1/97
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Multicultural-Social-Work.
Volume/Pages 6(3/4) p. 1-26
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract This study considers suicide from the perspective of a particular tribal group of North American Indians--the Ojibwa (also known as the Chippewa in the U.S.). Through an exploration of the erosion and loss of the central culturalvalue of pimadaziwin (health, well-being, and longevity for self and family), an understanding of self-destructive thoughts and behaviors, culminating in suicide or nissitise, is presented. Implications for cross-cultural social work practicefounded on intervention as social construction are offered.