Year: 1988 Source: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Reserach, Monograph No. 1, (1988), p.211-243 SIEC No: 19911425

This paper focuses on problems that arise when the definitions of illness & appropriate behaviours for patients & healers in American Indian societies are at variance with those of the modern health care system. The author discusses suicide among Hopis & Shoshone-Bannocks as an example of how intracultural & cross-cultural labeling can affect the success of health programs. The reasons why few Indian health programs implement research findings & directions for new research conclude this paper.