Meeting the Transition Needs of Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth through Culturally Based Services

Friesen, B. J.,
Cross, T. L.,
Jivanjee, P.,
Thirstrup, A.,
Bandurraga, A.,
Gowen. L. K.,
Rountree, J.
Year Published: 2015
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Volume: 42

Issue: 2

These authors present findings from three qualitative studies that explored how a culturally based community agency, the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), works to support American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth in the transition to adulthood. They used community-based participatory methods involving NAYA in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and Portland State University. The studies were based on a Relational Worldview (RWV) framework, where well-being is understood as a balance among the domains of mind, body, spirit, and context. Collectively, the findings demonstrate the intentional application of culturally grounded interventions to overcome the traumatic histories and current oppressive conditions affecting low-income urban Native American youth with mental health challenges, and to support their well-being and positive transition to adulthood. Modified Author Abstract.

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