Title

The Impact of Colonization on the Prevalence of Suicide among Canadian Indigenous Youth and Young Adults: Nursing Implications

Standing

Graduate (Masters)

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Faculty

Faculty of Nursing

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Kate Kemplin

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Background

There is a disproportionately high rate of suicide among Canadian Indigenous youth and young adults. The historical impacts of colonialism are a contributing factor to the intergenerational trauma and health disparities among Indigenous People. Incidents of suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal ideation amongst Indigenous youth and young adults may be associated with ongoing colonialism. To understand suicide rate amongst Indigenous youth and young adults, it is necessary to review current literature on Canadian colonialism’s impact on this health crisis.

Objective

Through the collection, examination, and integration of published literature, this integrative review aims to contribute to the current knowledge on Indigenous youth and young adults by identifying common themes regarding suicide prevalence and interventions.

Methods

The present integrative review used Whittemore and Knafl’s (2005) framework. The electronic databases used included CINAHL, Google Scholar, and PubMed. The inclusion criteria include studies containing youth and young adults ages 9 - 24, publications in English, studies published within the last 15 years, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method peer-reviewed studies. Data extraction and analysis were completed on the included studies.

Results

Preliminary data analyses are ongoing. Presently, the literature integration suggests a correlation between colonialism and suicide amongst Indigenous youth and young adults.

Conclusion

The literature on this topic is limited; thus, further research is needed.

Keywords

Indigenous, First Nations, Native, Aboriginal, Canadian, Suicide, Colonialism

Availability

Friday, April 1, 2022, 12pm - 3pm

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The Impact of Colonization on the Prevalence of Suicide among Canadian Indigenous Youth and Young Adults: Nursing Implications

Background

There is a disproportionately high rate of suicide among Canadian Indigenous youth and young adults. The historical impacts of colonialism are a contributing factor to the intergenerational trauma and health disparities among Indigenous People. Incidents of suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal ideation amongst Indigenous youth and young adults may be associated with ongoing colonialism. To understand suicide rate amongst Indigenous youth and young adults, it is necessary to review current literature on Canadian colonialism’s impact on this health crisis.

Objective

Through the collection, examination, and integration of published literature, this integrative review aims to contribute to the current knowledge on Indigenous youth and young adults by identifying common themes regarding suicide prevalence and interventions.

Methods

The present integrative review used Whittemore and Knafl’s (2005) framework. The electronic databases used included CINAHL, Google Scholar, and PubMed. The inclusion criteria include studies containing youth and young adults ages 9 - 24, publications in English, studies published within the last 15 years, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method peer-reviewed studies. Data extraction and analysis were completed on the included studies.

Results

Preliminary data analyses are ongoing. Presently, the literature integration suggests a correlation between colonialism and suicide amongst Indigenous youth and young adults.

Conclusion

The literature on this topic is limited; thus, further research is needed.

Keywords

Indigenous, First Nations, Native, Aboriginal, Canadian, Suicide, Colonialism