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Exploration of Body Image and Connection with Nature Among American Indian Female Adolescents
by Yazzie Campbell, Heather, M.A., Prescott College, 2016, 93; 10120192
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis presents an investigation of body image and connection with nature among American Indian female adolescents. This mixed method study incorporating the use of focus groups and survey for data collection examined the perspective and voice of teen girls from a rural American Indian community. The thesis considers how modern western influences play a role in American Indian teen girl’s development and views of beauty and body image. This research provides perspective on American Indian adolescent girls’ perceptions of their body image, as well as their perceptions regarding their connection to the natural world. Participants experienced an array of outdoor activities and most of the participants claim they have had or have a connection with the nature world and enjoy the outdoors. The research discovered the importance of cultural identity and how it can support a positive sense of self and a positive body image among American Indian female adolescents. The study provides insight and understanding regarding adolescent girls in American Indian communities, thereby allowing greater understanding in initiatives towards the development of all female American Indian adolescent adventure programming that is both meaningful and relevant to the culture. The research suggests the participants are influenced by their community and culture, focusing on the inner beauty or self-esteem of a person rather then the physical aspect of a person. Most of the participants like being out in nature and claim to have a connection with the natural world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Deborah
Commitee: Carter, Susan, Mitten, Denise
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Educational leadership, Womens studies, Native American studies
Keywords: Adolescent girls, American Indian culture, American Indian youth, Body image, Connection with nature
Publication Number: 10120192
ISBN: 978-1-339-81382-0
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