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"I believe in God and I believe in our own powers and the Native ways'': understanding the significance of culture and tradition to Alaska Native cancer survivorship

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Pages 389-390 in N. Murphy and A. Parkinson, eds. Circumpolar Health 2012: Circumpolar Health Comes Full Circle. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, August 5-10, 2012. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2013;72 (Suppl 1):389-390
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Date
2013
Native food cancer surviving thing." Natural healing Several participants described using natural remedies (plants and herbs) to complement their medical treat- ments. For some, such remedies were a connection to family and past traditions. One participant explained: "I remember when my late
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Author
Ellen D.S. Lopez
Freda M. Williams
Dinghy Kristine B. Sharma
Alaina Ctibor
Christopher R. Decou
Valerie Hewell
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychology and Center for Alaska Native Health Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK, USA
Fairbanks Native Association, Fairbanks, AK, USA
Department of Psychology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USA
Source
Pages 389-390 in N. Murphy and A. Parkinson, eds. Circumpolar Health 2012: Circumpolar Health Comes Full Circle. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, August 5-10, 2012. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2013;72 (Suppl 1):389-390
Date
2013
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
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Article
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University of Alaska Anchorage
Abstract
Cancer is the leading cause of death among Alaska Native People. Community leaders are voicing intense concerns about the impact of cancer on their people. In response, health and service providers are striving to develop culturally responsive cancer prevention and support programs. Yet little is known about how Alaska Native people experience cancer, or the role culture plays in cancer survivorship.
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"What makes life good?" Developing a culturally grounded quality of life measure for Alaska Native college students.

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Pages 428-434 in N. Murphy and A. Parkinson, eds. Circumpolar Health 2012: Circumpolar Health Comes Full Circle. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, August 5-10, 2012. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2013;72 (Suppl 1):428-434
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Article
Date
2013
makes life good? studies investigating perceptions of well-being by indi- genous people. For example, for Yup'ik AN people (in southwest Alaska), discussions of health and wellness emphasized the significance of traditional values and connections to commllllity and nature to healing and sustaining
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Author
Dinghy Kristine B Sharma
Ellen D S Lopez
Deborah Mekiana
Alaina Ctibor
Charlene Church
Author Affiliation
Center for Alaska Native Health Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA. dbsharma@alaska.edu
Source
Pages 428-434 in N. Murphy and A. Parkinson, eds. Circumpolar Health 2012: Circumpolar Health Comes Full Circle. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, August 5-10, 2012. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2013;72 (Suppl 1):428-434
Date
2013
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
Publication Type
Article
Digital File Format
Text - PDF
Physical Holding
University of Alaska Anchorage
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Alaska - epidemiology
Culture
Female
Focus Groups
Humans
Indians, North American - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Male
Quality of Life - psychology
Questionnaires
Students - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Universities - statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Abstract
Alaska Native (AN) college students experience higher attrition rates than their non-Native peers. Understanding the factors that contribute to quality of life ("what makes life good") for AN students will help inform supportive programs that are congruent with their culture and college life experiences.
Co-develop a conceptual model and a measure of quality of life (QOL) that reflects the experiences of AN college students.
Six focus groups were conducted with 26 AN college students. Within a community-academic partnership, interactive data collection activities, co-analysis workgroup sessions and an interactive findings forum ensured a participant-driven research process.
Students identified and operationally defined eight QOL domains (values, culture and traditions, spirituality, relationships, basic needs, health, learning and leisure). The metaphor of a tree visually illustrates how the domains values, culture and traditions and spirituality form the roots to the other domains that appear to branch out as students navigate the dual worldviews of Native and Western ways of living.
The eight QOL domains and their items identified during focus groups were integrated into a visual model and an objective QOL measure. The hope is to provide a useful tool for developing and evaluating university-based programs and services aimed toward promoting a positive QOL and academic success for AN students.
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