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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
 
 
 

NCAIANMHR

American Indian Spirituality and Alcohol


PROJECT TITLE:
American Indian Spirituality and Alcohol

FUNDING SOURCE: 
NIAAA

DATES OF FUNDING: 
2001-2003

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): 
Paul Spicer, PhD.

CENTER STAFF INVOLVED:
Jan Beals, Marjorie Bezdek,Calvin Croy, Marvine Douville, Candace Fleming, Ann Wilson Frederick, Suzell Klein, Nohoon Kwak, Paul Spicer, and Shiela Young 

 

SPECIFIC AIMS/RESEARCH GOALS:
This study has 5 Specific Aims:

  1. to better understand spirituality and religious practices in a random, community-based sample of members of two tribes in the U.S.;
  2. to explore potential relationships between spirituality/religiousness and concurrent patterns of alcohol use and misuse in these same two tribes;
  3. to articulate the role of spirituality and religion in changes in drinking behavior;
  4. to extend the emphasis on spirituality and religion in the Healing of the Spirit Project to more explicitly examine their role in the treatment and prevention of alcohol problems; and, finally,
  5. to apply the results of this work, in consultation with AI/AN community members, to inform future work on religiousness and spirituality with AI/AN people.

 

RESEARCH DESIGN:
  • Secondary analysis of religion and spirituality data collected in a large epidemiological study in two American Indian tribes.
  • Develop and use of open-ended questions on religion and spirituality in an on-going study of remission from alcohol dependence in one American Indian tribe.
  • Review of findings from both aspects of the study with community members to refine existing approaches to religion and spirituality in American Indian communities.
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    PARTICIPANTS:

    Enrolled members of a Northern Plains Tribe who previously participated in AI-SUPERPFP.

     
    MEASURES:
    1. AI-SUPERPFP Measures of Alcohol Use, Alcohol Diagnoses, and Spirituality
    2. The Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research

     

    PUBLICATIONS:

    None currently.

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