Q&A

Improving Wellbeing for Indigenous Americans

Improving Wellbeing for Indigenous Americans

How can a behavioral science based on Western values such as individualism and autonomy be adapted to help ethnic minorities? Racial psychology expert Arthur Blume shares his insights.

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What critical changes need to be made to improve the mental health of Indigenous Americans?
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From Indigenous perspectives, what are the foundations of psychological health and well-being?
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Can you give an example of some unique ways in which Indigenous elders might understand/conceptualize symptoms of depression and anxiety?
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How useful are Western-based treatments for substance use problems and trauma for those in native communities? What changes or transformations or alternatives would you suggest?
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How might an Indigenous worldview understand human suffering?
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What insights can Native American Psychology bring to the issue of climate change and pollution?
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What do psychologists and mental health professionals need to know about intergenerational trauma?
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How far has psychology come in integrating alternative paradigms such as the interdependence of individuals?
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