Factors Associated with Successful Functioning in American Indian Youths

About the Course:

This article notes the importance of measuring successful functioning in American Indian (AI) adolescents, describes some methods of measuring successful functioning, and shares the results of a preliminary study of successful functioning in urban—and reservation—based AI youth. The authors make note of factors that contribute to or detract from successful functioning, and discuss areas for further research.

Publication Date:

Volume 13, Number 3, 2006

Author

American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for those who work with adolescents (particulary American Indian adolescents), especially school personnel, counselors, and social workers, who seek knowledge about helping adolescents function successfully at school and in the community. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of recognizing positive youth behaviors (rather than only negative behaviors).

  2. Recognize the benefits of the “positive youth development” approach in studying successful functioning.

  3. Describe the 7 indicators of positive youth functioning used in the study.

  4. Identify areas of youth functioning requiring further study, especially for American Indian and other ethnic minority youth.

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