ERIC Number: EJ849209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
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Moving from Colonization toward Balance and Harmony: A Native American Perspective on Wellness
Hodge, David R.; Limb, Gordon E.; Cross, Terry L.
Social Work, v54 n3 p211-219 Jul 2009
At best, mainstream mental health services are often ineffective with Native American clients, and, at worst, they are a vehicle for Western colonization. As such, the authors explore the notion of abandoning the Western therapeutic project and rebuilding the helping process on the basis of indigenous knowledge foundations. To this end, they discuss a Native perspective on wellness that emphasizes balance among the interconnected areas of spirit, body, mind, and context or environment. From this perspective, mental health is a product of balance and harmony among these four areas. The authors conclude with a discussion of the practice implications of this relationally based perspective in which practitioners target interventions toward improving balance and harmony.
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, American Indian Culture, American Indians, Mental Health Programs, Wellness, Mental Health, Cultural Influences, Health Services, Cultural Differences, Holistic Approach, Intervention
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