Native Transformations in the Pacific Northwest: A strength-based model of protection against substance use disorder

Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2016;23(3):158-86. doi: 10.5820/aian.2303.2016.158.


This paper presents findings from the Native Transformations Project, an exploratory community-based participatory research study that aims to identify sources of strength and protection against substance use disorder in three tribal communities in the coastal Pacific Northwest. Preliminary results from the study describe the specific settings, acts, and behaviors that build strengths and provide protection at the family, community, individual, and spiritual levels within coastal Pacific Northwest local tribal cultures. Findings from this study give voice to stated community preferences for grassroots Native intervention programs based in local cultural knowledge, worldviews, values, and theories of change, that operate at the local level on their own terms.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / ethnology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Northwestern United States / ethnology
  • Protective Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Young Adult