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Suicide amongst the Inuit of Nunavut: An Exploration of Life Trajectories

Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
Département de psychoéducation et psychologie, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, QC J9A 1L8, Canada
McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Montréal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(6), 1812;
Received: 6 February 2020 / Revised: 4 March 2020 / Accepted: 5 March 2020 / Published: 11 March 2020
This article reports results of the life trajectories from 92 Inuit who died by suicide, matched for age and gender with 92 living-controls. A proxy-based procedure and semi-structured interviews with informants were conducted to obtain trajectories of developmental events occurring over the life course for suicide and community-matched controls. Results from this research indicate two different trajectories that differentiate the control-group from the suicide-group throughout the life course. Even though the number of suicide attempts are similar between both groups, the suicide-group had a more important burden of adversity, which seemed to create a cascading effect, leading to suicide. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide; Inuit; life trajectory suicide; Inuit; life trajectory
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Affleck, W.; Chachamovich, E.; Chawky, N.; Beauchamp, G.; Turecki, G.; Séguin, M. Suicide amongst the Inuit of Nunavut: An Exploration of Life Trajectories. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1812.

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