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The resilience of Native American elders

TitleThe resilience of Native American elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGrandbois, DM, Sanders, GF
JournalIssues Ment Health NursIssues Ment Health Nurs
Volume30
Pagination569-80
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number1096-4673 (Electronic)<br/>0161-2840 (Linking)
Accession Number19657871
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Attitude to Health/ ethnology, Conflict (Psychology), Cultural Diversity, Family/ethnology, Female, Humans, Indians, North American/ ethnology, Life Change Events, Male, Middle Aged, Narration, North Dakota, Nursing Methodology Research, Prejudice, Psychological Theory, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Social Support, Social Values, Spirituality
AbstractThis article focuses on the lived experiences of resilience in eight Native American elders. Although resilience has not been conceptualized among this group, findings revealed five unique attributes. The study design fostered the culturally relevant use of story telling, which allowed the authentic voices of the elders to be heard. Resilience exists among these Native American elders, but it is uniquely enmeshed into the seamless fabric of their culture, world-view, and connectedness expressed as Oneness with all creation. This finding of a unified cosmology suggests an extension to Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory to include the cosmosystem as a new systemic level.
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