Youth Suicides in America

Abstract: This post and the accompanying full PDF documents the relationships between cultures with high infant and early childhood nurturing defined by affectionate touch, extended breastfeeding and accepting attitudes towards pleasure with low suicide rates and cultures with low infant and early childhood nurturing; weaning ages of less than 2.5 years and punishing pleasurable behaviors with high suicide rates. High early nurturing = low childhood suicide and homicides. Low early nurturing = high childhood suicide and homicides.  

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
BioBehavioral Systems

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is engaging in a rigorous assessment of the available scientific evidence to better understand the importance of identifying efforts that could be effective in preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors as early as possible. Yet, significant NIH Institute, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is not listed as a c-sponsoring Institute in this endeavor nor a participant in the workshop proceedings.

It is well established that early life experiences are critical in shaping brain-behavioral development, which influences child, youth and adult behaviors. These early life experiences are presented in; and

In The Origins of Love: How Culture Shapes the Developing Brain and the Future of Humanity.
Byronchild, March-May, 2004 This writer reported:      

More American children/ youth (5-24 year age group) have died from suicide over these past ten years (est. 55,000) than have been lost in combat in the ten- year Vietnam War (47,355).

An equally damning statistic of the American culture is the finding that the ratio of suicides to homicides have systematically increased in the 5-14 year age group over this past generation: 1979: 36%; 1994: 60%; 1998: 73%; 2000: 89%.

Why are American children filled with such depression and despair that they prefer death to living in their own families and in America, claimed to be the greatest nation on this planet by many? And why have national health authorities remained silent on this national disgrace where biomedical authorities have no answer to this question. (P.21).

Weaning age of 2.5 years or longer in 26 tribal cultures was found to be characteristic of 77% (20/26) of tribal cultures rated low or absent in suicide. 82% (14/17) cultures with weaning age 2.5 yrs. and greater and support youth sexuality are rated low or absent in suicides (Prescott, 2005), and

77% (20/ 26) cultures where weaning age is 2.5 years or greater are low suicidal cultures. 82% (14/17) cultures with weaning age 2.5 yrs. and greater support youth sex have low suicides. Irrelevant since marriage occurs shortly after puberty, thus high sexual pleasure.

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