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Psychology of older American Indians and Alaska Natives: Strengths and challenges to maintaining mental health

TitlePsychology of older American Indians and Alaska Natives: Strengths and challenges to maintaining mental health
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRoman, SPoff, Jervis, LL, Manson, SM
Book TitleHandbook of race and development in mental health
Pagination127-146
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media; US
CityNew York, NY
ISBN Number978-1-4614-0423-1 (Hardcover), 978-1-4614-0424-8 (PDF)
Accession NumberBook: 2011-26248-008
Keywords*Alaska Natives, *American Indians, *Help Seeking Behavior, *Mental Health, *Resilience (Psychological), Adult Development, Aging, Culture & Ethnology [2930], Culture (Anthropological), Environment, Ethnic Identity, Family History, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older), mental health, American Indians adults, Alaska Native adults, sociohistorical factors, environmental factors, help-seeking barriers, resilience, support systems, ethnic and cultural identity, spirituality, aging, Social Support, Sociocultural Factors, Spirituality, Treatment Barriers, us
Abstract(from the chapter) This chapter presents information on mental health issues among older American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults, focusing on sociohistorical factors, environmental factors, and barriers to help-seeking as major challenges of the maintenance of mental health in this group. We also describe several strengths that contribute to resilience among Native elders, including support systems, ethnic and cultural identity, and spirituality. We provide recommendations for capitalizing upon these strengths in order to address the challenges faced by Native elders, including the importance of engaging community networks in the research process and incorporating Native cultural elements into biomedical mental health care. The chapter concludes with recommendations for future research, including the need to develop culturally relevant instrumentation and methods specific to this population. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).
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