The preparation of this article was supported by the Native Children’s Research Exchange through a grant from the Society for Research in Child Development and by a grant from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation, for the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center (90-YF-0053/05-AIH, Michelle Sarche, PI).
Child Development Research in North American Native Communities—Looking Back and Moving Forward: Introduction
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development Perspectives © 2012 The Society for Research in Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 42–48, March 2012
How to Cite
Sarche, M. C. and Whitesell, N. R. (2012), Child Development Research in North American Native Communities—Looking Back and Moving Forward: Introduction. Child Development Perspectives, 6: 42–48. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00218.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2012
- American Indian;
- child development
Abstract— The study of Native children’s development in the United States and Canada has lagged behind that of other populations. As a result, there is limited research literature to inform efforts to address the challenges faced by Native children and their families, including disparities in mental health problems such as substance abuse, suicide, mental disorders, and academic achievement. This article provides a brief overview of the historical context of children’s development in Native communities and introduces the Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE), formed in 2008 to facilitate child development research with tribal communities. The following collection of articles, written by NCRE scholars, reviews existing research, highlights challenges encountered in this work, and points to an agenda for furthering developmental research within Native cultures.