Examining American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) resilience using the life course framework could inform public health strategies that support favorable health outcomes, despite adversity (e.g., discrimination, historical loss, comorbidity).
Researchers from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health conducted a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature published from 1970 to 2015. The study was published in the journal American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research.
The investigators yielded eight articles on AI/AN life course and resilience. A content analysis identified three themes. AI/AN resilience is 1) an ongoing, dynamic process, 2) evident within linked lives and life transitions, and 3) accessed through cultural knowledge and practice.
The findings suggest that resilience research could change the paradigm of AI/AN health research to guide asset-based approaches across the life course.
American Indian and Alaska Native Resilience Along the Life Course and Across Generations: A Literature Review.
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research