ERIC Number: ED229193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Indian Culture and Its Relationship to Child Abuse & Neglect. Revised.
National Indian Child Abuse and Neglect Resource Center, Tulsa, OK.
The six-page information sheet addresses the elements in Indian history, culture, psycho-dynamics, and socio-economics that have an impact on Indian child abuse and neglect. Discussion is presented on two myths that Whites have developed in time about Indians: racial superiority which has caused difficulty for the Indian and the necessity for assimilation in order to coexist within the same country. When working with Indian people it is suggested to avoid categorizing all Indians together since cultural diversity exists among Indian tribes. Another suggestion offered is to make an attempt to understand unique cultural attributes when working on a case of Indian child abuse and neglect. Background information is presented on: social organization of Indian families; education as a factor in breaking up the Indian extended family system; and the impact that a nonexistent extended family system has on child-rearing practices. Factors involved in Indian child abuse and neglect among young Indian parents in the urban setting are outlined and incude: immaturity and associated dependency, low self-esteem, difficulty in finding satisfaction in the adult world, difficulty in adusting to the dominant society, loss of control and power, social isolation, lack of parenting skills, difficulty in accepting responsibility for own lives, and limitation of ability to provide an adequate living. (ERB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHEW/OHD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Indian Child Abuse and Neglect Resource Center, Tulsa, OK.
Note: For related documents, see RC 014 000-005.