ERIC Number: ED210139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Adaptation of the Skills Training Model: Assertion Training with American Indians.
LaFromboise, Teresa D.; Rowe, Wayne
A skills training approach provides a conceptual framework from which human services can be provided for the personal and emotional needs of Indian people without the subtle, culturally erosive effect of traditional psychotherapy. Some 30 tribal groups and agencies participated in a cultural adaptation of an assertive coping-skills training intervention program for a year. The general themes of coping, self-determination, and communication were reflected in the ultimate program goal, which was competence in a biculturally appropriate lifestyle. Program goals emerged from discussions among community members. Formal and informal modeling provided a variety of Indian coping models enacting appropriate assertive behavior in several Indian and non-Indian social, family, and business settings. Indian and non-Indian persons rated 24 pre-training and 24 post-training role play scenes by 6 participants to determine whether relevant and noticeable change had taken place. Results indicated that the cultural adaptation of social skills training appeared to be more effective for American Indians than traditional psychological approaches. (CM)
Descriptors: Adults, American Indians, Assertiveness, Behavior Patterns, Biculturalism, Change Strategies, Communication (Thought Transfer), Coping, Counseling Techniques, Cultural Differences, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Competence, Mental Health, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Role Models, Role Playing, Self Determination, Skill Development, Social Behavior
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on "Cultural Dimensions of Counseling the American Indian" at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, August 1981). For a related document, see ED 201 436.