100862: Indian Family Adjustment to Children with Disabilities

About the Course:

This article describes how American Indian (AI) families differ from mainstream-culture families in worldview, family composition, and parenting techniques. The authors note the positive and negative ways that AI families react to having a child with a disability, and note that families who are having difficulty adjusting may need support.

Journal/Publisher:

American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center

Publication Date:

12(1), 2005

Authors

Lee Anne Nichols, Ph.D., R.N.; Bette Keltner, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

About the Authors:

Dr. Nichols is Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Keltner is the Dean of the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about family dynamics in AI families whose children have disabilities. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Learn basic information about AI families in contemporary U.S. society (e.g., worldview, demographics, stereotypes often encountered by AIs).

  2. Learn how AI families differ from mainstream-culture families in worldview, family composition, and parenting techniques.

  3. Learn how AIs’ attitudes toward and reactions to disability often differ from those of the mainstream culture.

  4. Understand the positive and negative ways that AI families react to having a child with a disability, and why families who are having difficulty adjusting may need support.

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