Healing of the canoe: Preliminary results of a culturally grounded intervention to prevent substance abuse and promote tribal identity for native youth in two Pacific Northwest tribes


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Donovan DM, Thomas LR, Sigo RL, Price L, Lonczak H, Lawrence N, Ahvakana K, Austin L, Lawrence A, Price J, Purser A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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This article describes a culturally grounded social skills intervention to promote increased cultural belonging and prevent substance abuse among tribal youth using the Canoe Journey as a metaphor for life. It was associated with increased hope, optimism, and self-efficacy and with reduced substance use, as well as with higher levels of cultural identity and knowledge about alcohol and drugs among high school-age tribal youth.