ERIC Number: ED326336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Health Issues among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Explorations on the Frontiers of the Biobehavioral Sciences.
Manson, Spero M., Ed.; Dinges, Norman G., Ed.
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, v1 monograph 1
The nine major overview and position papers contained in the monograph were originally presented at a conference held for the purpose of reviewing, from the Native American perspective, the National Institute of Medicine's comprehensive volume, "Health and Behavior: Frontiers of Research in the Biobehavioral Sciences." The papers, each of which was discussed at length and revised after the conference, address the following issues and concerns: (1) epidemiological trends in American Indian and Alaska Native morbidity and mortality, and a general model of stress, coping, and health; (2) specific research needs related to the epidemiology and natural history of alcohol use, and assessment, treatment, and prevention of alcohol abuse; (3) the multifactorial etiology of Type II diabetes among American Indians; (4) current knowledge of mental health and illness of Native Americans, derived from research and service delivery systems; (5) the complex interaction of social, economic, physical, familial, and political factors affecting well-being of older American Indians; (6) the cultural construction of illness and cross-cultural difficulties related to labeling; (7) death and disease patterns of American Indian and Alaska Native children; (8) the Puyallup tribal experience relevant to the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that mental health care be integrated into the roles of primary care practitioners; and (9) the nature and extent of change in Alaska and its effect upon the health of Native individuals and families. Edited records of the discussions that followed each paper offer insight into disciplinary, substantive, and methodological differences on the subject matter. (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, Alcohol Abuse, American Indians, Behavior Patterns, Cultural Influences, Diabetes, Epidemiology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Physical Health, Research Needs, Stress Variables
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dept. of Psychiatry, 4200 E. Ninth Ave., Box C249-17, Denver, CO 80262 ($20.00 for monograph, $35.00 for volume).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, Denver, CO.; Colorado Univ. Health Sciences Center, Denver.
Identifiers: Behavioral Medicine
Note: Papers originally presented at the Conference of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science (Mount Hood, Oregon, April 1985).