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Poverty and Possibility in the Lives of American Indian and Alaska Native Children

Paul Spicer and Michelle Sarche

in The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769100
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199769100.013.0027

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Poverty and Possibility in the Lives of American Indian and Alaska Native Children

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This chapter provides an overview of well-documented disparities impacting American Indian and Alaska Native children, coupled with an anticipation of the possibilities for integrating research and services for children and families in more culturally appropriate ways. We focus particularly on economic inequality, educational opportunities and disparities, mental health, and substance use. We describe the predicaments and opportunities in tribal territories, and emphasize ways that interventions can be designed that will maximize parent and family choices and respect for cultural differences in addressing the problems that young children and their families continue to face. Finally, we offer a research agenda to address the compelling needs of for children and families in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Keywords: American Indian; Alaska Native children; interventions; early education; mental health; substance use; cultural appropriateness

Article.  6906 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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