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

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Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
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Département de psychoéducation et psychologie, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, QC J9A 1L8, Canada
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McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Montréal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(6), 1812; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17061812
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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