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ERIC Number: ED449941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 19
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The Assessment of Culture as a Protective Factor among Native Americans: The Survey of Nez Perce Culture.
Harris, Elizabeth; McFarland, Joyce
Protective factors were ingrained in the traditional Nez Perce way of life. The imposition of the White way of life introduced alcohol, suppressed protective factors, and facilitated the development of risk factors across all domains. For the past decade, the tribe has obtained federal funding for a variety of substance abuse prevention programs. These programs have included cultural therapy--culturally specific activities designed to revive the traditional Nez Perce way of life and its cultural protective factors. Since existing evaluation instruments did not recognize the unique contribution of culture, an instrument was developed which captured culture as a resource. Six areas of interest were delineated: spirituality; family life and traditions; recreation and celebration; culture; education, jobs, and life skills; and health and medicine. This instrument was administered to 110 tribal adults in 1995, 116 tribal youths in 1997, and 135 tribal youths in 1998. For both adults and youth, greater identification to Nez Perce culture (for youth, specifically spirituality) was related to lower alcohol use. Among youth, greater identification with spirituality was also related to lower drug use. Among youth, however, greater identification with bicultural peer associations, beliefs about education, and involvement in sports were related to higher alcohol and other drug use. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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