An Analysis of The National Youth Tobacco Survey from a Native American Perspective: An Indigenous Critique

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In this study, Native American researchers analyzed the cultural relevance of The National Youth Tobacco Survey in order to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs for Native youth. The purpose of the study was to understand how different populations of Native American researchers perceive the national survey while critically examining both commercial as well as traditional tobacco. Some end goals involved modifying the questionnaire in order to make a more all-encompassing survey that takes into account major Indigenous mores. Additionally, notions on the modern-day perceptions of tobacco use amongst Native American adolescents was gathered through cognitive interviewing via young as well as elder participants. This centered around a desire to avert the development of tobacco-related diseases amongst this ethnic group of people, while simultaneously preserving their ancestral ceremonies. Recommendations for future youth tobacco survey composition were listed in the hopes to institute more effective and culturally competent initiatives to address the diverse needs of Native Americans as a whole.


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