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ERIC Number: ED129485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-9
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Mental Health Issues Among Urban Indians: The Myth of the Savage-Child.
Miller, Dorothy L.; Garcia, Anthony
Non American Indians categorize many urban Indians by their behavioral and emotional modes of adaptation to their social situations. Three images of Indians have developed: the savage, the child, and the noble of the forest (the stoic Indian). The images of the savage and the child come into play when the Indian encounters the dominant society since he does not share the values of the dominant society, i.e., individualism, competition, materialism, and goal orientation. Indian people are a "tribal people, living closely, without much individual privacy, within large extended families. All Indian adults assume some aspect of the parental role with all children. They have developed a sensitivity which enables them to feel empathy for another person. This leads to close psychological ties between group members. However, when Indians are moved into an urban area, they are confronted with situations that make such qualities of sharing and caring dangerous. The tribal supports are gone. He is separated from his peers, family ties, and psychic upport. All emotional support must become individualized. Yet, Indian people are generally psychologically sturdy and have a low rate of psychosis of any kind. (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Physiological Association Conference (Detroit, Michigan, May 9, 1974)