American Indian elders' resilience: Sources of strength for building a healthy future for youth

Carmella B. Kahn, Kerstin Mulle Reinschmidt, Nicolette I Teufel-Shone, Christina E. Oré, Michele Henson, Agnes Attakai

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This study examined American Indian (AI) elders' resilience to support an intervention to build resilience among AI urban youth. A literature review of peer-reviewed articles that address resilience in AI and other Indigenous elders yielded six studies that focused on intergenerational relationships, culture, and self-identity. In addition, a qualitative research project collected narratives with urban AI elders to document perceptions of resilience and resilience strategies. The combined outcomes of the literature search and research project revealed how resilience is exemplified in elders' lives and how resilience strategies are linked to cultural teachings and values, youth activities, and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-133
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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