This volume explores the first four waves of a longitudinal diagnostic study of Indigenous adolescents and their families. The first study of its kind, it calls attention to culturally specific risk factors that affect Indigenous (American Indian and Canadian First Nations) adolescent development and describe the historical and social contexts in which Indigenous adolescents come of age. It provides unique information on ethical research and development within Indigenous communities, psychiatric diagnosis at early and mid-adolescence, and suggestions for putting the findings into action through empirically-based interventions.
Part 1: The Healing Pathways Longitudinal Study 1. The Reach of History 2. Ethical Research with Indigenous Communities 3. The Longitudinal Study Part 2: Cultural Contexts of Development 4. Traditions across Generations 5. Perceptions of Historical Cultural Losses Part 3: Family and Community Contexts 6. Family Configurations and Family Influence 7. Inside and Outside the Reservation and Reserves: Community Characteristics and Encountering Discrimination 8. School Adjustment and Adolescent Resilience 9. The Influence of Friends 10. A Model of Indigenous Adolescent Development Part 4: Mental and Physical Health 11. From Early to Mid-Adolescence: Health and Well-Being 12. Behavioral Problems 13. Sadness, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation from early to Mid-Adolescence 14. Substance Use and Abuse Part 5: Building on Cultural Strengths 15. Services Preferences and Utilization 16. Turning Research to Action