1. Native Wellness Assessment (NWA)

Fiedeldey-Van Dijk, Carina; Rowan, Margo; Dell, Colleen; Mushquash, Chris; Hopkins, Carol; Fornssler, Barb; Hall, Laura; Mykota, David; Farag, Marwa; Shea, Bev

The Native Wellness Assessment was developed to provide feedback on a person's state of wellness from the perspective of Indigenous culture. It can be completed at specific points in time: on entry (P1), midway (P2), an dat exit of treatment (P3). The NWA consists of a self-report form (S version) and a parallel observer form (O version), the first of its kind specific to Indigenous peoples. It contains 66 randomly ordered, concurrence-oriented cultural statements, such as "My Native culture fuels my desire to live a good life," "I go to Elders to learn about our Native ways," and "The client practices traditional forms of sharing." Respondents rate statements using a Likert-type scale ranging from 0 (disagree) to 4 (strongly agree). The NWA takes about 15 minutes to complete. The NWA can inform health and community-based programs and policy for Indigenous youth and adults in addiction treatment in Canada and beyond.

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Download the instrument: https://manualzz.com/doc/7104780/user-s-manual-for-the-native-wellness-assessment (NWA-S version)

For more information, contact:
Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk
ePsy Consultancy
Ontario, Canada
email: carina@epsyconsultancy.com

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Source Reference:Fiedeldey-Van Dijk C, et al. Honoring Indigenous cultura-as-intervention: Development and validity of the Native Wellness Assessment. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 2017;16(2):181-218.
Population studied:American Indian/Alaska Native
Instrument Type:Assessment
Validity/Reliability:Statistically and psychometrically, the NWA content and structure performed well, demonstrating that culture is an effective and fair intervention for Indigenous peoples with addictions.

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