Completing the circle: American Indian medicine wheels and the promotion of resilience of children and youth in care

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Abstract

The four themes of the Circle of Courage, a Native American medicine wheel that focuses on child socialization, connect with and add to key ideas from Western theories of human development. These themes are belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. The purpose of this paper is to present a framework developed from the integration of the Circle of Courage with theories of human development. A key feature of the framework is the role of adults in providing guidance, modeling, and affirmation. Assessment guidelines to promote the resilience of children and youth in out-of-home care are developed from the framework. The long term goal of the framework is to “complete the circle”; that is to foster the resilience of young people in care so that they can in turn provide to guidance, modeling, and affirmation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2002

Keywords

  • American Indian child socialization
  • Autonomy
  • Belonging
  • Competence
  • Foster care
  • Generativity
  • Human development
  • Medicine wheels
  • Out-of-home care
  • Resilience

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