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ERIC Number: ED170431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Native Perspectives on Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Mental Health: Healing in a Cultural-Plural Context.
Miller, Dorothy
As minority groups in America become more urbanized and come under the pressures of acculturation, they are encouraged to give up old or "primitive" ways in favor of more modern, "scientific" ways. Although they are aware of the existence of illnesses such as cancer and tuberculosis and utilize modern medical services for such problems, many minority groups continue to turn to their own healers, as an alternative to Western psychiatry, for mental illness, alcoholism, and drug abuse. The historical and cultural backgrounds of these minority groups continue to influence their beliefs with regard to their respective healers but the acceptance of these traditional healers among professionals in health care programs has been resisted for many years. Currently there have been piecemeal attempts to supplement Western treatment strategies with specific aspects of the native healing systems. However, until such cultural pluralism is accepted by the majority society, native healing systems will remain largely impotent and powerless, despite their acceptance and use within each minority group. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Healers
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