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Community Ment Health J. 2006 Dec;42(6):521-35. Epub 2006 Dec 2.

Mental health and substance abuse services preferences among American Indian people of the northern Midwest.

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Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 711 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0324, USA. mwalls@unlserve.unl.edu

Abstract

This study examines factors that influence preferences between traditional cultural and western mental health and substance use associated care among American Indians from the northern Midwest. Personal interviews were conducted with 865 parents/caretakers of tribally enrolled youth concerning their preferences for traditional/cultural and formal healthcare for mental health or substance abuse problems. Adults strongly preferred traditional informal services to formal medical services. In addition, formal services on reservation were preferred to off reservation services. To better serve the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of American Indians, traditional informal services should be incorporated into the current medical model.

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17143732
PMCID:
PMC1705498
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-006-9054-7
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