ERIC Number: EJ786959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Native American Kids: American Indian Children's Well-Being Indicators for the Nation and Two States
Willeto, Angela A. A.
Social Indicators Research, v83 n1 p149-176 Aug 2007
American Indian/Alaska Native well-being, survival-based data are rare. This study explores the question of whether or not it is possible to produce such well-being information using secondary data sources. The answer is yes, with some limitations. Hence, Native American data for 10 well-being indicators nationally and for New Mexico and South Dakota, using a model like Kids Count (Annie E. Casey Foundation: 2003a, 2001 "KIDS COUNT Data Book: State profiles of child well-being" (Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD)) are reported; thereby reducing the gap in survival indicators for U.S. Indigenous children and youths. Comparisons between "all" children and American Indian children demonstrate that Native American children have comparatively worse well-being rates at the national level and in South Dakota, whereas New Mexico Native kids compare favorably to their non-Native peers. Policy recommendations conclude the paper.
Descriptors: American Indians, Social Indicators, Children, Well Being, Child Welfare, Data Analysis, Profiles, Comparative Analysis, Trend Analysis, Geographic Location
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico; South Dakota