PARTICIPATION IN A CULTURALLY GROUNDED PROGRAM STRENGTHENS CULTURAL IDENTITY, SELF-ESTEEM, AND RESILIENCE IN URBAN INDIGENOUS ADOLESCENTS

Amanda Hunter, Mikah Carlos, Felix B. Muniz, Velia Leybas Nuño, Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox, Scott Carvajal, Breanna Lameman, Nicole Yuan

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Abstract

Culturally grounded after-school programs (ASPs) aim to promote health and well-being among Indigenous youth. Native Spirit is a 10-session ASP that focuses on local cultural values and activitiesfacilitated by local cultural practitioners. This pilot study used a singlegroup, pretest-posttest design (N = 18) with Indigenous adolescents ingrades 7-12 and conducted participant interviews (N = 11) to assess theimpact of the program on cultural identity, self-esteem, and resilience.There were immediate post-program increases in mean strength in culturalidentity (p = 0.002), resilience (p = 0.161), and self-esteem (p = 0.268).Themes related to benefits of program participation included curiosity andcommitment to cultural identity, increases in self-esteem, and ability tobuild resilience. This study provides new insights on the relationshipbetween cultural engagement and adolescent health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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