Psychodynamics of Self-Destructive Behaviour in Native Americans (West Coast)

  • Bernward H. Hochkirchen
  • Wolfgand G. Jelek


Among North American Indians in the Pacific Northwest there is a high prevalence of behaviour that must be rated as self-destructive, such as suicides and parasuicides, toxic substance use, gas sniffing, car and boating accidents due to carelessness and alcohol abuse. The rate of suicides in particular is alarmingly high for North American Indians.


Suicidal Behaviour Indian People Northwest Coast Severe Alcohol Identity Conflict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernward H. Hochkirchen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wolfgand G. Jelek
    • 3
  1. 1.Westphalian Wilh., Univ. Univ.MunsterW. Germ.
  2. 2.Essen 1West Germany
  3. 3.Univ. of Brit. Columbia, VancouverSouth DeltaCanada

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