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Culturally-Based, Family-Centered Prevention

Overview:

This intervention project is a 14-session group experiential learning program directed to Aboriginal children aged 10-12 and their parents or caretakers.

Also known as “Bi-Zin-Da-De-Dah: Listening to One Another,” the program builds on currently recognized strategies in suicide prevention supplemented with additional interventions directly addressing cultural continuity, mental health literacy, family functioning and parenting. The intervention focuses on a culturally specific approach to strengthening family interactions, teaching parenting skills (through breakout sessions for parents), teaching social skills, refusal skills, and coping mechanisms to both adolescents and parents, and re-connecting the generations through interactions and participation of community elders.

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Project Details

Funding:

This project is funded under a grant from Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Innovation Strategy/Population Health Fund Grant (6785-15-2010/3381091).

Team:

Les Whitbeck and Devan Crawford (UNL); Lawrence Kirmayer (McGill University); Melissa Walls (UM-Duluth).