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Toward an Applied Developmental Science for Native Children, Families, and Communities


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Abstract— This article summarizes current knowledge in applied developmental science for Native children and adolescents. Included are brief reviews of research documenting disparities in health and education, exploring cultural factors in development, and moving toward evidence-based interventions for Native children. Opportunities for campus–community partnerships are made evident, especially in the area of intervention development that seeks to bridge cultural knowledge and strengths to address persistent disparities in health and development.