The Circles of Care evaluation: Doing participatory evaluation with American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Pamela Jumper Thurman, James Allen, Pamela B. Deters

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Abstract

Little information exists regarding mental health and special needs related to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families. In this article we emphasize the use of oral tradition during the Circles of Care initiative, which was essential in understanding cultural history and historical trauma of AI/ANs while giving a greater understanding of an AI/AN-based definition of serious emotional disturbance. The success of these methods serves as a template for improving systems of care and may be useful in evaluation among a wide range of ethnic communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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