The survey of well-being of young children: Results of a feasibility study with American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Nancy Rumbaugh Whitesell, Michelle Sarche, Caitlin Trucksess, Catherine C. Ayoub, Jessica Barnes-Najor, Cathy Ferron, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Kate Lyon, Charmaine Lundy, Aleta L. Meyer, J. D. Myra Parker, Melina Salvador, Melissa Walls, Shirley Williams

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This study examined the feasibility of the Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC), a new screener for socioemotional and developmental problems and family risk in children birth to age 5 years, for use in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. A Community of Learning within the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, composed of university researchers, tribal early childhood program staff and evaluators, and federal partners, utilized a community-based participatory research approach to guide this qualitative study. Thirty-two focus groups and 20 key informant interviews (N = 199) were conducted with staff from Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child Care programs; pediatricians; behavioral health providers; parents of young children; tribal leaders; and other stakeholders in seven diverse AIAN communities. Three themes emerged: (a) a strong need to screen early for socioemotional and developmental problems and family risk; (b) the importance of a carefully designed process for screening; and (c) the importance of examining the content of the SWYC for cultural fit specific to tribal communities. Findings support two recommendations: (a) the development of guidelines for using the SWYC in tribal early childhood settings and (b) a full-scale validation study to determine appropriate use with and norms for children in tribal communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-505
Number of pages23
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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North American Indians
Feasibility Studies
Community-Based Participatory Research
Validation Studies
Home Care Services
Child Care
Focus Groups
Alaska Natives
Surveys and Questionnaires
Parents
Research Personnel
Learning
Parturition
Guidelines
Interviews
Health
Research

Keywords

  • Alaska Native
  • American Indian
  • Culture
  • Developmental screening
  • Validity

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Whitesell, N. R., Sarche, M., Trucksess, C., Ayoub, C. C., Barnes-Najor, J., Ferron, C., ... Williams, S. (2015). The survey of well-being of young children: Results of a feasibility study with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(5), 483-505. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21526

The survey of well-being of young children : Results of a feasibility study with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. / Whitesell, Nancy Rumbaugh; Sarche, Michelle; Trucksess, Caitlin; Ayoub, Catherine C.; Barnes-Najor, Jessica; Ferron, Cathy; Fitzgerald, Hiram E.; Lyon, Kate; Lundy, Charmaine; Meyer, Aleta L.; Myra Parker, J. D.; Salvador, Melina; Walls, Melissa; Williams, Shirley.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 36, No. 5, 01.09.2015, p. 483-505.

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Whitesell, NR, Sarche, M, Trucksess, C, Ayoub, CC, Barnes-Najor, J, Ferron, C, Fitzgerald, HE, Lyon, K, Lundy, C, Meyer, AL, Myra Parker, JD, Salvador, M, Walls, M & Williams, S 2015, 'The survey of well-being of young children: Results of a feasibility study with American Indian and Alaska Native communities', Infant Mental Health Journal, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 483-505. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21526
Whitesell, Nancy Rumbaugh ; Sarche, Michelle ; Trucksess, Caitlin ; Ayoub, Catherine C. ; Barnes-Najor, Jessica ; Ferron, Cathy ; Fitzgerald, Hiram E. ; Lyon, Kate ; Lundy, Charmaine ; Meyer, Aleta L. ; Myra Parker, J. D. ; Salvador, Melina ; Walls, Melissa ; Williams, Shirley. / The survey of well-being of young children : Results of a feasibility study with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In: Infant Mental Health Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 36, No. 5. pp. 483-505.
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