Harnessing the positive power of language: American Indian women, a case example

Margaret A. Waller, Christina Risley-Curtiss, Sharon Murphy, Anne Medill, Gloria Moore

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Reflecting biases that permeate the U.S. culture, professional accounts generally interpret stories of minority women from a deficit perspective. Problems such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and teenage pregnancy are often presented from an outsider's viewpoint and cast as intrapersonal phenomena independent of historical, political, and cultural context. This article suggests that stories and their implications change significantly depending on whether they are interpreted from a deficit or strengths perspective. Stories of American Indian Women, in their own voices, are discussed as a case example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPressing Issues of Inequality and American Indian Communities
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780203047767
ISBN (Print)9780789006639
StatePublished - Jan 11 2013


  • American Indian
  • Domestic violence
  • Native American
  • Problem-focused
  • Strengths
  • Teenage pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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