This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Chapter 8: Helping Native American Indian and Alaska Native Male Youth

Helping Native American Indian and Alaska Native Male Youth

Helping native American Indian and Alaska native male youth

Helping Native American Indian and Alaska Native male youth can be very challenging. Achievement of separation from the biological family and development of an independent identity are complicated by factors such as experiences of oppression and discrimination, low socioeconomic status (SES), limited access to publicly funded services, incongruity between traditional and mainstream cultures, and influences of culturation, as well as consequences of these factors (Herring, 1997a). This chapter accents the major content and process issues of this population and suggests selected appropriate strategies for helping interactions.

The term Native refers to Native American Indian and Alaska Native males when the context is applicable to both groups. The term Native ...

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