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Entrepreneurship education: A strength-based approach to substance use and suicide prevention for American Indian adolescents.

American Indian (AI) adolescents suffer the largest disparities in substance use and suicide. Predominating prevention models focus primarily on risk and utilize deficit-based approaches. The fields of substance use and suicide prevention research urge for positive youth development frameworks that are strength based and target change at individual and community levels. Entrepreneurship education is an innovative approach that reflects the gap in available programs. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a youth entrepreneurship education program in partnership with one AI community. We detail the curriculum, process evaluation results, and the randomized controlled trial evaluating its efficacy for increasing protective factors. Lessons learned may be applicable to other AI communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Tingey, Lauren; Larzelere-Hinton, Francene; Goklish, Novalene; Ingalls, Allison; Craft, Todd; Sprengeler, Feather; McGuire, Courtney; Barlow, Allison
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Journal Article
American Indians; Curriculum; Drug Abuse Prevention; Entrepreneurship; Suicide Prevention; Adolescence (13-17 yrs); Male; Female
Tribal Adaptation
  • Family/Parental
  • Individual/Child
  • Child
  • Community
OTHER (Specify)
School Dropout
positive social connection and support