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Alaska Natives

Mental health is important to an individual's general health, family relationships, and relationships within the community. A number of factors can contribute to mental health status, including biological, social, and psychological phenomena. Mental illness can have a significant negative impact on individuals, families, and communities. To effectively prevent or ameliorate mental health–related problems, current research and practice focus on these contributors to mental health. Specifically, the role of culture on mental health has become an important area of interest for researchers and mental health professionals. Although the Alaska Native community constitutes a small percentage of the U.S. population, an incredible diversity exists among its people. For example, differences among Alaska Native peoples can be found in geographical location, language, customs, beliefs, religion, family structures, and ...

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