Date of Award

Summer 8-24-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Brent Teasdale

Second Advisor

Dr. Monica Swahn

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara Warner


The objective of this study is to compare suicidal thoughts amongst American Indian/Alaskan Native's (AI/AN) to a non-AI/AN comparison group, using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a nationally-representative, longitudinal study. At wave one a statistical difference is present between NA/AN and comparisons, but at wave four the difference is no longer significant. Using Agnew’s General Strain theory as a theoretical framework, factors that may contribute to these differences addressed in this study include: alcohol abuse, exposure to suicidal behavior of friends and family, depression, and weapon access. Implications for prevention and treatment are discussed.