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The challenges of research in Native American communities: incorporating principles of cultural competence.

Author: Weaver, H.N.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/97
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Social-Service-Research.
Volume/Pages 23(2) p. 1-15
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract Gaining access to Native American communities can be a major challenge for social work researchers. This paper discusses some of the reasons why access may be difficult and how researchers can begin to address thesechallenges. The principles of conducting culturally competent research in Native American communities are demonstrated using case examples. Examples illustrate techniques for soliciting and maintaining the cooperation of reservationand urban Native American communities for research projects. The challenges of conducting a large scale needs assessment with an off-reservation Native American population in an urban area are discussed.