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

Lauren Tingey, Francene Larzelere-Hinton, Novalene Goklish, Allison Ingalls, Todd Craft, Feather Sprengeler, Courtney McGuire, Allison Barlow

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-270
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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