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Wicasa Was'aka: restoring the traditional strength of American Indian boys and men.

Abstract

We examined health disparities among American Indian men and boys within the framework of historical trauma, which incorporates the historical context of collective massive group trauma across generations. We reviewed the impact of collective traumatic experiences among Lakota men, who have faced cross-generational challenges to enacting traditional tribal roles. We describe historical trauma-informed interventions used with two tribal groups: Lakota men and Southwestern American Indian boys. These two interventions represent novel approaches to addressing historical trauma and the health disparities that American Indians face. We offer public health implications and recommendations for strategies to use in the planning and implementation of policy, research, and program development with American Indian boys and men.

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  • Authors

    Brave Heart MY, Elkins J, Tafoya G, Bird D, Salvador M

    Institution

    Department of Psychiatry, Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, USA. mbraveheart@salud.unm.edu

    Source

    American journal of public health 102 Suppl 2: 2012 May pg S177-83

    MeSH

    Adaptation, Psychological
    Adolescent
    Adult
    Child
    Health Status Disparities
    Humans
    Indians, North American
    Internal-External Control
    Life Change Events
    Male
    Men's Health
    Mental Health
    Middle Aged
    Social Class
    Social Problems
    Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
    United States
    United States Indian Health Service
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22401529