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dc.contributor.authorStoor, Jon Petter A
dc.contributor.authorKaiser, Niclas
dc.contributor.authorJacobsson, Lars
dc.contributor.authorRenberg, Ellinor Salander
dc.contributor.authorSilviken, Anne
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-07T14:27:37Z
dc.date.available2016-03-07T14:27:37Z
dc.date.issued2015-09-01
dc.description.abstractBackground. Suicide is a widespread problem among indigenous people residing in the circumpolar Arctic. Though the situation among the indigenous Sami in northern Scandinavia is better than among some other indigenous people, suicide is still regarded as a major public health issue. To adapt prevention strategies that are culturally attuned one must understand how suicide is understood within context. That is, the cultural meaning(s) of suicide. <p>Objective. To explore and make sense of the cultural meaning(s) of suicide among Sami in Sweden. <p>Design. Open-ended focus group discussions (FGDs) on the topic ‘‘suicide among Sami’’ were carried out in 5 Sami communities in Sweden, with in total 22 strategically selected Sami participants. FGDs were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed through employing content analysis. <p>Results. From the FGDs 4 themes emerged including ‘‘The Sami are fighting for their culture and the herders are in the middle of the fight,’’ ‘‘Suicide as a consequence of Sami losing (or having lost) their identity,’’ ‘‘A wildfire in the Sami world’’ and ‘‘Difficult to get help as a Sami.’’ <p>Conclusions. Findings indicate that Sami in Sweden make sense of suicide in relation to power and identity within a threatened Sami cultural context. Suicide is then understood as an act that takes place and makes sense to others when a Sami no longer has the power to maintain a Sami identity, resulting in being disconnected from the Sami world and placed in an existential void where suicide is a solution. The findings are useful in development of culturally attuned suicide prevention among Sami in Sweden.en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Circumpolar Health 2015, 74: 27669en_US
dc.identifier.cristinIDFRIDAID 1313811
dc.identifier.doi10.3402/ijch.v74.27669
dc.identifier.issn1239-9736
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/8734
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_8301
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCo-Action Publishingen_US
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Samfunnsmedisin, sosialmedisin: 801en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Community medicine, Social medicine: 801en_US
dc.subjectSamien_US
dc.subjectsuicideen_US
dc.subjectindigenousen_US
dc.subjectidentityen_US
dc.subjectSwedenen_US
dc.subjectqualitative studyen_US
dc.title‘‘We are like lemmings’’: making sense of the cultural meaning(s) of suicide among the indigenous Sami in Swedenen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typeTidsskriftartikkelen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US


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