Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Parenting, Native Americans and
Charissa S. L. Cheah & Marc H. Bornstein
The study of parenting among Native American families is imperative from an applied developmental science point of view in order to understand parenting processes and child development in light of the unique issues faced by these families in the United States and Canada. Pragmatically, as Native American children increase in numbers, research in parenting and child development among these populations is necessary to inform public policy, practice, and effective intervention. According to the 2000 census, 1.5% of the total U.S. population (4,119,301) reported being American Indian (includes those self-identified as American Indian or Alaska Native) alone or in combination with one or more other races (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000). Moreover, in comparison to the total U.S. population, which grew 13% from 1990 to 2000, the American Indian population increased by 26%. The pattern is the same in Canada. In 2001, a total of 976,300 people identified themselves as ...