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ERIC Number: EJ1073118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
New Solutions for Addressing Indigenous Mental Health: A Call to Counsellors to Introduce the New Positive Psychology of Success
Craven, Rhonda G.; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawain
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v16 n1 p41-54 Jul 2006
Australia's "black" history has had and continues to have a pervasive and adverse impact on Indigenous Australians. In fact, Indigenous Australians are the most disadvantaged Australians based on all socioeconomic indicators that serve to drive life potential. There is also a dearth of scholarly research available, particularly in relation to Indigenous children in the schooling sector and mental health. However, recent research with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations offers new, potentially potent, solutions. In this article we provide (a) a rationale for Indigenous mental health being a significant social issue of our time, (b) a summary of some recent research findings pertaining to mental health of young Indigenous Australians, (c) outline why a positive psychology approach offers a new solution for intervention with specific reference to the importance of the self-concept construct for Indigenous students, and (d) call upon counsellors, practitioners, and policy makers to implement and evaluate the latter approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia